HC Deb 25 November 1964 vol 702 c1267
27. Mr. Stodart

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food why it is impossible to convert the consumption of meat and poultry into a carcase weight equivalent.

Mr. George Mackie

Dressed carcase weight is not a satisfactory common measure. For one thing, it excludes edible offal. Imported canned meat may contain edible offals or trimmings from dressed carcase sent here, as well as ingredients other than meat. On the other hand, parts may be removed from a carcase overseas and never come here. Edible weight is the only unit indicating how much food is involved.

Mr. Stodart

Is the hon. Gentleman aware how disappointing a reply that is to one who has paired, and paired faithfully, with him for the last five years? Can he explain why he finds it impossible to give information which my right hon. Friend the Minister's predecessor gave me accurately and in great detail on two previous occasions?

Mr. Mackie

I thank the hon. Member for the first part of his supplementary question. On the question whether my right hon. Friend's predecessor gave these figures, I am not prepared to say. As he knows, the books were sealed when we arrived there. If that is the case, why is the hon. Gentleman wasting the time of the House asking for the information again?