HC Deb 08 February 1951 vol 483 cc241-2W
126. Mr. Cooper-Key

asked the Minister of Food from which countries he has agreed to purchase meat since 1st January; and what are the quantities, qualities and prices agreed upon.

Mr. F. Willey

We have continuing arrangements for the purchase of meat from certain countries. There has not been any agreement to purchase meat from other sources since 1st January.

128. Mr. Cooper-Key

asked the Minister of Food what supplies of meat in tons over the 1939 figure would be required to abandon rationing now.

Mr. F. Willey

It is extremely difficult to say how much meat would be consumed today if it were freely available. Purchasing power is much more fairly distributed now than it was in 1939 and the population has increased. It is likely that at present prices about 200,000 tons a year more would be needed than before the war.

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