HC Deb 21 June 1939 vol 348 c2266W
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.