HL Deb 05 July 1954 vol 188 c424

Clause 1, page 2, line 19, at end insert— ("(3) Where a local authority have (whether before or after the commencement of this Act) provided a public slaughterhouse in the exercise of the said power, or of any other power conferred by a local Act or statutory order, they may make such arrangements as they think expedient for securing that all the activities of the slaughterhouse, or any particular activities, are carried on there by servants or agents of theirs to the exclusion of other persons: Provided that a local authority shall not exercise the powers conferred by this subsection in such a manner as to deny to any religious community reasonable facilities for obtaining as food the flesh of animals slaughtered by the method specially required by their religion.")


My Lords, the object of this subsection is to make it clear that a local authority operating a public slaughterhouse on the line system may make arrangements to secure that all or any of the operations in the slaughterhouses are carried on by their own servants or agents, to the exclusion of other people. These powers are necessary since it is only in this way that a slaughterhouse operating on the line system can be worked efficiently. There is a safeguard in this Amendment for Jews and Mohammedans. I beg to move that this House do agree with the Commons in the said Amendment.

Moved, That this House do agree with the Commons in the said Amendment.—(Lord Carrington.)

On Question, Motion agreed to.