HC Deb 24 June 1953 vol 516 cc1879-80
11. Mr. Peter Freeman

asked the Minister of Food how many applications were received for roasting an ox whole, in celebration of the Coronation; how many were withdrawn, how many refused, how many granted, and how many were actually carried out.

Major Lloyd George

One hundred and fifty-four applications were received; of these 40 were withdrawn, 33 refused and 81 approved. I do not know how many oxen were roasted.

Mr. Freeman

Can the right hon. and gallant Gentleman say whether in this connection any of the residue or refuse or offal from the corpses of these oxen were ultimately made into meat pies to become the cause of the thousands of cases of food poisoning recorded since the Coronation?

Major Lloyd George

I do not think I could follow the hon. Gentleman in that question. I have no idea what happened to the residue, but I am perfectly certain that it did not go into any meat pies.

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