§ Mr. RAMSDEN
askd the Minister of Food whether quantities of salvaged pro- 1845W visions are now on the market being sold to the public; what these articles are, and their method of handling by the retailer; and, at the same time, if he will give some idea as to how the actual work of salvage is being carried on?
It is not possible within the limits of a Parliamentary answer to deal fully with the hon. Member's question. I may say, however, that under the Damaged Foodstuffs Order, 1918, issued by the Food Controller jointly with the National Salvage Council, damaged salved provisions can only be sold to persons licensed by the National Salvage Council; and upon purchasing the goods the dealer gives an undertaking that they shall not be used either in a crude or manufactured state for human consumption. Further, this undertaking must be carried out to the satisfaction of the Sanitary Inspector of the local authority concerned. Damaged salved provisions are, generally speaking, rendered down into fats for use in cattle feeding stuffs, lubricating oils, etc., or are used in the production of manure. I shall be very glad to place at the disposal of the hon. Member all facilities for obtaining any further information which he may wish to have on the work being carried out by the Ministry of Food and the National Salvage Council in this matter.