HC Deb 09 November 1953 vol 520 cc584-5
28. Lieut.-Colonel Bromley-Davenport

asked the Minister of Food what evidence his scientific advisers have to show that the consumption of caponised cockerels has an adverse effect on the consumer; and what action he proposes to take in the matter.

Major Lloyd George

None, Sir.

Lieut.-Colonel Bromley - Davenport

Can my right hon. and gallant Friend say whether any warning has been given to the public not to consume the caponised parts of these cockerels, and whether he has received any report as to the very great distress caused to pigs that have consumed this offal in the form of swill?

Major Lloyd George

I have been very carefully advised on this matter, and I can tell my hon. and gallant Friend that there is no cause for alarm.

Colonel Gomme-Duncan

Would my right hon. Friend not agree that for a period of six weeks there is danger but after that, up to six months, when the cockerel becomes fertile again, there is no danger?

Lieut.-Colonel Bromley-Davenport

If what my hon. and gallant Friend has just stated is a fact, how can the public tell how long it is since a cockerel that is lying on a slab has been caponised?