HC Deb 31 May 1951 vol 488 cc37-9W
52. Mr. Dodds-Parker

asked the Minister of Agriculture how many horses and ponies were slaughtered in the United Kingdom in 1949 and 1950, respectively.

Mr. T. Williams

Exact statistics are not available, but the numbers are estimated as approximately 112,000 in 1949 and 88,000 in 1950, excluding animals slaughtered on account of old age or disease.

Mr. Peter Freeman

asked the Minister of Agriculture what figures he has as to the population of horses and ponies in 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940 and 1950; and whether these figures include mules and donkeys.

Mr. T. Williams

No returns are collected of horses other than those on agricultural holdings, which have been collected at the June census under the headings shown in the table below. The figures do not include mules and donkeys.

Mr. T. Williams

Organised collection of kitchen waste is undertaken by local authorities, who either process the waste themselves into a form in which it can safely be fed to stock, or deliver it to other local authorities or private plant operators for processing.

There are 320 authorities in England and Wales under direction (under Defence Regulations) to collect kitchen waste, and of this number 47 are also under direction to process the material. One hundred and ninety other local authorities are voluntarily collecting kitchen waste. Most authorities still collect from street bins, but many are changing over to individual household containers which result in about three times as much waste being collected.