HC Deb 26 March 1956 vol 550 c1763
33. Mr. H. Hynd

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food on what date he received the recommendations of the Inter-Departmental Committee on Slaughterhouses; and whether he has yet reached a decision about them.

The Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Mr. Harmar Nicholls)

On 21st July of last year my right hon. Friend has not yet reached decisions about them, but as he told the House on 9th February, he hopes to make a statement shortly after Easter.

Mr. Hynd

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that month after month this question has been asked and that we have always been given the same answer? Is it not possible to hurry up a decision?

Mr. Nicholls

The hon. Gentleman will understand that this is a varied problem and that many interests have to be consulted. I am to meet the last of them this week, and we shall be able to make a statement after Easter.