HC Deb 14 February 1917 vol 90 cc648-9W

asked the President of the Board of Trade, whether his attention has been drawn to the action of Armour and Company, Limited, of Australasia, in proclaiming that they have no connection with Armour and Company, Limited, of Chicago, or Armour and Company, Limited, of London; whether he is aware that 3,998 shares out of 4,000 are held by one W. I. Carney, an American wool and skin operator; whether this person has been closely connected with Armour's in America; and whether he will confer with the New Zealand Prime Minister, now in London, as to the advisability of effecting a nationalisation, or at any rate establishing a close Government control over all meat-freezing works in New Zealand?


I have no information as to the first part of the question, but His Majesty's Government is in communication with the Governments of Australia and New Zealand as to the desirability of some Government control being exercised over meat-freezing works in those Dominions, and I propose to confer with these Governments in the matter.