§ Mr. W. TH0RNE
asked the Minister of Agriculture if he is aware that in consequence of the embargo on Continental pork the price of pork has been increased 1463W to a, considerable extent and has practically crippled the London trade; if he has any evidence to show that the embargo on foreign pork has helped the English breeder: whether he is aware of the large amount of Continental bacon now being imported; that the major part of the London trade is now in the hands of American and Argentine combines; that calves are still very dear, the best making 1s. 4d. to Is. 5d. per pound wholesale; and that this time last year the wholesale price was from 5d. to 6d. per pound; and if he intends taking any action in the matter'?
Average wholesale price of pork at the London Central Markets have been somewhat higher this month than a year ago, but not to the extent suggested by the hon. Member, the1464W increases being 1d. and id. per lb. for first and second quality respectively. The embargo on the importation of fresh meat from the Continent was instituted solely as a measure of protection against disease for the live stock of this country. From this point of view, I am satisfied that it has been beneficial to breeders of all classes of live stock. I am aware that imports of bacon from the Continent have been increasing, but the trade in Continental bacon is not controlled by American or Argentine combines. The average wholesale prices of veal at the London Central Markets this month have been 14d. and 10¾d. per lb. for first and second quality, respectively, against 12id. and 9⅛d. lb. in March, 1926."Bobbies,"i.e., immature veal, which have sold this month at 7½d. to 9½d. per lb., sold in March, 1926, at 4½d. to 6½d. per lb.