HC Deb 18 February 1941 vol 369 c49W
Sir R. Gower

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that, owing to the calling up of knackers, it is impossible to obtain a sufficient number of expert men to slaughter animals, with the result that horse-flesh is scarce and being wasted, while owners of animals, which would otherwise have been usefully slaughtered, are merely burying the carcases; and whether, in view of the importance of not wasting material, he will consider allowing a reasonable number of these men to be retained in civil life?

Mr. Bevin:

There are already arrangements under which the deferment of individuals can be considered at the request of any of the Government Departments concerned.