HC Deb 01 August 1957 vol 574 cc1492-3
17. Mr. Champion

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if, in his draft regulations prescribing standards for slaughterhouse design, he will ensure that adequate provision is made for suitable accommodation and space for meat inspection, following the best European standards.

Mr. Godber

Yes, Sir. Adequate provision for meat inspection will be required.

Mr. Champion

Who is the hon. Gentleman consulting in this connection? Will he consult the British Veterinary Association, which has an exceptional knowledge in these matters, as well as others?

Mr. Godber

We have consulted a very large number of bodies. Without notice I could not be certain, but I should have thought that the B.V.A. would have been consulted.

Mr. Kimball

Can my hon. Friend say when these draft regulations will be published, because the intolerable delay over publishing is causing the greatest inconvenience to local authorities and the meat trade generally?

Mr. Godber

Yes, Sir. I am aware of the need, and I hope that recommended standards in the form of these draft regulations will be published as a White Paper next week. If we get that, I am sure that it will be helpful to all those whom my hon. Friend has in mind.

Mr. Willey

Does the Minister realise that there will be an awful row if his right hon. Friend does not introduce legislation about slaughterhouses next Session?

Mr. Godber

I realise the concern of the hon. Member and of the House in this matter. I share that concern.