HC Deb 12 June 1964 vol 696 cc111-2W
Mr. Peart

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what stocks of corned beef have been cooled in unchiorinated water; and whether he will require all future consignments of corned beef to be cooled in chlorinated water before acceptance.

Mr. Soames

A proportion of the Government's stocks held for defence purposes was purchased before chlorination of cooling water became a widespread practice. Records are not kept on the basis of whether chlorinated water was used. What matters is not whether the water is chlorinated, but whether it is hygienic. Accordingly, the Answer to the second part of the Question is, yes, whenever necessary.

Mr. Peart

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what quantities of corned beef were imported from International Packers factory, Industria Argentina Establishment 1A, without being cooled in chlorinated water.

Mr. Soames

I regret that I am unable to give this figure.

Sir Richard Glyn

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how much corned beef has been imported into the United Kingdom in the last five years; how much of this came from the Argentine; what is the weight of corned beef in the tins most usually imported from the Argentine; and how many tins of corned beef would represent a ton of corned beef imported from the Argentine.

Mr. Scott-Hopkins

The following is the information:

Total Imports From Argentina
1959 58,300 24,400
1960 40,700 18,500
1961 50,000 21,400
1962 54,800 24,300
1963 48,300 23,500

The bulk of the imports are covered by two sizes of pack, the 61b. tin and the 12 oz. tin, and these are 373 and 2,986 respectively to the ton.