HC Deb 25 January 1954 vol 522 c1456
46. Sir W. Smithers

asked the Minister of Food what quantity of beef he has recently bought from the United States of America; what is the cost per lb. delivered in Britain; and at what price per lb. will it be offered to the public

Dr. Hill

No beef has yet been bought from the United States under the arrangements announced on the 15th January. Offers have been invited, and my right hon. and gallant Friend would prefer to make no statement until the purchase is concluded.

Sir W. Smithers

When will the Minister of Food realise that experienced meat traders say that competition would give more meat and better quality, and when will the Government give up this trading business? Can my hon. Friend give me a date?

Mr. Beswick

Can the Parliamentary Secretary give an assurance that any business done with the United States will not affect the contract now in force with the New Zealand Government?

Dr. Hill

Yes, Sir.