HC Deb 02 February 1959 vol 599 cc10-1
16. Mr. Champion

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he is satisfied with the standard of the certifying officers appointed under the Fatstock Guarantee Scheme, 1958–59; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Godber

Yes, Sir; the standard of these officers has been very satisfactory. Complaints have been few and far between.

Mr. Champion

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that certification of fat cattle in some markets is becoming a standing joke and that it is said to be the owner and not the beast which is graded? Is he aware that at a recent market a Grade II fat beast was sold for 151s. and a Grade I beast for 136s.? Does not that suggest there is something wrong?

Mr. Godber

I shall be very glad if the hon. Member will let me have the information so that I can go into it fully. However, that is not a good comparison. Generally speaking, the standard is high, but I should be very glad to look into details of cases brought to my notice.