HC Deb 23 May 1949 vol 465 c47W
7. Major Beamish

asked the Minister of Food whether he is aware that many butchers in the towns are losing money and may be forced to close down owing to the difficulty of weighing exactly the weekly meat ration for households of one or two persons; that since no customer will accept meat under weight, it is normal for most customers to get about one ounce over weight every week; and whether he will instruct his officials to issue extra meat to cover this inevitable loss.

Mr. Strachey

The butcher's permit includes a factor to provide for losses in cutting, weighing, etc., as well as an allowance for manufacture. I am quite satisfied that butchers are provided with sufficient meat to fulfil their obligations under the rationing scheme.

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