HC Deb 08 November 1934 vol 293 cc1289-90W

asked the Minister of Agriculture the imports in weight, the wholesale and retail prices, respectively, of Danish bacon sold in this country at the end of each quarter since the quota was established, and the production of bacon in this country for the same periods?


The contract system for the supply of pigs to bacon factories was instituted in Great Britain at the beginning of November, 1933, and the regulation of imports of bacon by order under the Agricultural Marketing Act, 1933, was introduced on 1st December, 1933. The desired information is given in the following table:

Quarter. Production of Bacon in the United Kingdom.* Imports of Bacon from Denmark.
cwt. cwt.
January—March 1934. 431,800 1,025,576
April—June, 1934 467,800 1,128,747
July—September, 1934. 624,600 1,129,675
Average wholesale prices per cwt, of Danish Bacon.† Retail price per lb. of Bacon.‡
Week ending— s. d. Date. s. d.
March 28th 39 6 March 31st 1
June 27th 90 6 June 30th 1
September 26th 95 0 October 1st 1
* Includes bacon produced from imported pigs and pork.
†Average first and second quality Danish bacon, Wiltshire green.
‡No information is available as to retail prices of Danish bacon. Prices quoted are those published in the Ministry of Labour Gazette and relate to the average retail prices of "streaky" bacon ruling on the first day of the month (the last day of the previous month if the first day is a Sunday).