§ Mr. J. Morgan
asked the Secretary of State for War what quantities of beef, mutton and lamb were consumed by the Army for the last contract year; their respective total values, and what proportion of such beef, mutton and lamb was home-produced?
§ Mr. Hore-Belisha
During the last contract year ended 31st March, 1939, approximately 33,000,000 lbs. of beef and mutton were purchased at a cost of some £655,000, for the Army and the Royal Air Force at home. Of this quantity, approximately 128,000 lbs. consisted of fresh meat, and the cost of this was £2,285. The remainder was of Dominion origin. In addition, a small quantity of lamb was provided for hospitals. Separate figures for the Army and the Royal Air Force, and for beef and mutton, are not available.