HC Deb 23 March 1949 vol 463 cc35-6W
54. Sir J. Lucas

asked the Minister of Food if, in view of the fact that small pig producers are entitled to retain half a pig every six months for the use of themselves and their families, he will issue instructions on the best method of making the resulting bacon last over that period, or if he will allow an increased bacon ration for those who do not retain their half pigs.

Mr. Strachey

Domestic pig keepers may kill two pigs yearly and either keep a side of each carcase for home consumption, surrendering no coupons, or surrender 52 bacon coupons for each pig and keep the whole carcase. My right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture has issued an excellent leaflet on home curing of pigs and I can let the hon. Member have a copy if he wishes. I am looking into the suggestion he makes in the last part of his Question.