HC Deb 22 June 1939 vol 348 cc2487-8W
Mr. Sexton

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he has brought to the notice of the purchasing departments of meat for His Majesty's forces the urgency of buying National Mark beef in the interests of home agriculture, and to ensure that British soldiers, sailors, and airmen, will be fed on home-produced meat?

Sir R. Dorman-Smith

No, Sir. As the hon. Member was informed on 27th June last by the Financial Secretary to the Treasury financial and administrative difficulties make it impossible to depart from the present policy of relying mainly on Dominion supplies of meat. This question has been fully considered by successive Governments and since imports from both foreign and Dominion sources are controlled in relation to total anticipated supplies, the supply of home-killed meat to the forces would be unlikely to affect the market situation.