HC Deb 27 January 1947 vol 432 c115W
91. Mr. Touche

asked the Minister of Food, if he is aware of the public anxiety existing at the conditions prevailing in many slaughterhouses; and whether he will encourage local authorities to provide slaughterhouses where humane killing can be efficiently carried out.

Dr. Summerskill

I am aware that letters have appeared in the Press containing allegations of gross cruelty in the slaughtering of animals, but I am satisfied that they are not justified as regards slaughterhouses generally. I am unable to encourage local authorities to erect new slaughterhouses until the Government's long-term policy on slaughtering has been decided. We are now working on the plans and they will be discussed with the various interests concerned as soon as possible.

94. Sir P. Macdonald

asked the Minister of Food whether, in view of the unsatisfactory position in this country with regard to the inspection of meat and conditions of slaughterhouses, owing to the fact that responsibility is divided between his Ministry and those of Food, Agriculture, and Health, he will arrange, at an early date, for consultation leading to a more effective co-ordination of the work and ensure better conditions generally in slaughterhouses.

Dr. Summerskill

The Government's long-term policy for the slaughtering of livestock and distribution of meat which is being worked out in consultation with the Departments concerned, will cover the points referred to by the hon. Member.

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