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Beef (National Mark)

Volume 245: debated on Thursday 20 November 1930

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asked the Minister of Agriculture whether the sales of National Mark beef in London are increasing; and, if so, whether he will give particulars?

The number of sides of National Mark beef sold in London during the week ended 15th November reached the record figure of 5,411. The previous highest figure was that for the week ended 17th May last, when the number of sides sold was 5,354. Practically the whole supply of high quality home and Scotch killed meat coming into the London Central Markets is now graded and marked with the National Mark.

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether the sales of National Mark beef in Birmingham are increasing; and, if so, whether he will give particulars?

I am glad to say that the number of sides of National Mark beef graded and marked in Birmingham has more than trebled in the last 10 weeks. The figures for the weeks ended 1st, 8th and 15th November are 404, 501 and 476 respectively, all of them very much higher figures than at any time since May last, when local difficulties first arose. The set-back which then occurred has been more than recovered.