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House Of Commons (Frozen Meat)

Volume 155: debated on Tuesday 20 June 1922

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asked the hon. Member for Cheltenham, as Chairman of the Kitchen Committee, if he will, without notifying Members, discontinue for one week supplying British-fed and, home-killed beef and mutton in the dining rooms of the House, and substitute the best qualities of frozen imported meat, and so give Members a practical demonstration of the inferiority of even the best qualities of the meat which the great mass of the people are under the present conditions compelled to accept?

I apologise to my hon. and gallant Friend for my absence when he put this question on a former occasion. I was not in England at the time. In reply to the question, I fear that we cannot adopt the suggestion it contains, as it would be scarcely courteous to the House to make hon. Members the subject of gastronomic experiments. May I add that I say this without any disparagement of frozen meat, the merits and advantages of which are so universally recognised and appreciated?