§ 12. Mr. Jopling
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what steps the Meat and Livestock Commission are taking to enable meat to be clearly labelled so that housewives can be fully aware of the fact that they are buying meat emanating from countries where foot-and-mouth disease is endemic.
§ Mr. Jopling
Does the Minister realise that many housewives do not want to buy meat which is potentially dangerous for another outbreak of this dreadful disease? Does he further realise that the powers which the Livestock Commission has enables it to label meat in that way so that housewives can be certain 1204 that they are running no risks of that sort?
§ Mr. Hoy
When we were discussing the Agriculture (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill in Committee upstairs we discussed labelling to a considerable extent, and I remember how bitterly the hon. Gentleman opposed the labelling of meat. Under the Trade Descriptions (No. 2) Bill powers will be given to impose marketing regulations in the interests of buyers, and we shall consider what is appropriate for meat.
§ Dr. John Dunwoody
Will my hon. Friend take steps to ensure that as far as possible meat imported from these countries is sold in the big cities, and thus the inevitable risk of a recurrence of foot-and-mouth disease is reduced to a minimum?
§ Mr. James Davidson
In view of the Minister's original reply, when he said that it was obligatory to mark the country of origin on imported meat, may I ask whether that is applicable to bacon and what steps are taken to see that the provision is enforced?