§ 31. Captain Duncan
asked the Minister of Food whether the committee looking into the siting of slaughterhouses has yet reported; and what recommendations it has made.
§ The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food (Dr. Charles Hill)
No, Sir. The committee for England and Wales is still taking evidence from the national organisations concerned.
§ Captain Duncan
Is my hon. Friend aware that a policy of moderate concentration of modern slaughterhouses is essential before we can get a meat marketing policy? Is it not vitally necessary to hurry up the work of this committee and of the Scottish committee?
Mr. T. Williams
Will the Minister consult the chairman of this committee and invite him to produce an interim report as quickly as he can?
§ 43. Mr. Mikardo
asked the Minister of Food when he intends to close the abattoir in East Street, Reading.
§ Mr. Mikardo
While I thank the hon. Gentleman for that reply, may I ask him whether he will do his best to see that in the meanwhile, so far as is possible, the nuisance to the neighbourhood caused by animals making noise at night is mitigated?