HC Deb 24 June 1953 vol 516 cc1886-7
22. Mr. Russell

asked the Minister of Food why Messrs. Walbrooks, Butchers, Ltd., of 592, High Road, Wembley, have been refused an application for a Group I manufacturing licence.

Major Lloyd George

It is undesirable to supply substantial quantities of manufacturing quality meat to premises used for selling ration meat, and the rule is that there must be separate premises. This firm's application does not at present comply with the rule.

Mr. Russell

Is my right hon. and gallant Friend aware that this factory has been described by the Wembley Borough Council sanitary inspector as virtually separated from the retail premises, that it is a member of the Wembley Clean Food Association, which aims at a very high standard of cleanliness, and will he look into this matter again?

Major Lloyd George

It is not a question of cleanliness in this instance; it is a question of whether the manufacturers' premises are separated from the retail butchers and that is the difficulty. If we did not insist upon that it would not be possible to maintain the rationing system.