HC Deb 10 November 1950 vol 480 cc102-3W
Mr. Bossom

asked the Minister of Food to what extent retail butchers are consulted in the grading of meat; and on how many occasions in the past year has his Department overruled the retailers' advice that the meat should be downgraded.

Mr. Webb

Retail butchers do not take part in the grading of meat but district meat agents, who are always practical butchers, have the right to take part with the slaughterhouse manager and the wholesale depot manager in the grading of home-killed meat. All these people are, of course, quite impartial and have no financial interest in the result of the grading. In the event of a difference of opinion the majority view prevails.