HC Deb 05 February 1941 vol 368 cc964-5W
Sir R. Gower

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade, as representing the Ministry of Food, whether he is satisfied that at present retailers are fairly and evenly distributing their stocks of feeding stuffs for dogs and other domestic animals; and, if not, whether he will consider the advisability of introducing legislation establishing a system for the registration and rationing of such animals?

Major Lloyd George

I was not aware that retailers of foods for domestic animals were not distributing their limited supplies fairly to their usual customers, but I should be glad to consider any specific complaints that my hon. Friend might care to send me. The answer to the second part of the Question is in the negative. A rationing scheme for dogs and other domestic animals would be impracticable owing to the great variety of breeds and the difficulty of defining them to the wide variation in the nature and quantity of the food requirements of each breed, and the extent to which these requirements are usually met by purchased foods and by scraps respectively.