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Cattle (Statistics)

Volume 320: debated on Thursday 18 February 1937

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asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, in view of the importance of obtaining information on the number of cattle coming on the markets of the United Kingdom, he is in a position to publish the statistics, collected by the Market Supply Committee from tanners and hide merchants, of hides prepared from slaughtered animals at different periods of the year?

The Market Supply Committee's arrangements for obtaining information regarding hides and skins are still largely experimental, and it is too early to say to what extent the results afford a reliable indication of the total slaughterings of cattle and sheep in this country. The question of publication, which would require the consent of the interests concerned, will be considered in due course.