HC Deb 15 December 1949 vol 470 c327W
142. Mr. Thornton-Kemsley

asked the Minister of Food if he will give details of the cost of the wholesale distribution of meat and of importing meat at the present time.

Dr. Summerskill

The amount paid by the Ministry of Food to the wholesale meat supply associations, who handle the wholesale distribution of meat, was £3,708,771 during the year to 31st March, 1949. The cost to the Ministry of importing meat, including poultry and rabbits, for the same year was £15,360,037 in respect of freight, marine insurance, port dues, landing and Customs Duty. Further costs of £13,416,753 were incurred for storage and warehousing, carriage, and other items including a proportion of the Ministry's overhead expenses, but this sum includes costs of distribution, which I regret cannot be separated.