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Food Supplies

Volume 437: debated on Wednesday 7 May 1947

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Meat Ration

45.

asked the Minister of Food to what extent butchers were unable to obtain sufficient meat to enable them to honour the ration entitlement during the quarter ended 31st March.

Will the right hon. Gentleman say if that answer applies to Scotland? From information at my disposal it seems that many local butchers have not had sufficient beef to meet their requirements during the last three months.

Home-Killed Meat

47.

asked the Minister of Food whether he is now in a position to make a statement regarding supplies of home-killed livestock which are expected to be available for the provision of the meat ration up to the end of 1947; and what effect the unusually big kill of English meat last autumn has had on the position.

Supplies of home-killed meat for 1947 are provisionally estimated at about 700,000 tons. The abnormally heavy killings last autumn increased supplies of home-killed meat in 1946 by about 50,000 tons, mainly at the expense of supplies for 1947.

Can the right hon. Gentleman give us some indication of what we may, expect this year? He did not give us any information of the amount coming forward.

Yes, Sir. We estimate—it is only an estimate, at this stage—that for 1947 there will be 700,000 tons of home-killed meat.

Does the right hon. Gentleman realise that I do not like estimates, especially estimates from the Government, because they are so unreliable?

Service Leave Rations

48.

asked the Minister of Food whether he is aware of the inadequate issue of bread rationing coupons and rations given to members of His Majesty's Forces when on 72 hours' leave; and if he will consider an increase.

The aim is to give members of His Majesty's Forces civilian rations, as nearly as possible, when on leave. By agreement with the Services Departments, two kinds of ration cards are used: one, for periods of four to seven days giving a full week's rations and one for two or three days, giving approximately 3½ days' supply of the foods rationed on a weekly basis.

Syrup (Points)

52.

asked the Minister of Food if he will consider a reduction in the number of points required for golden syrup.

The points values of syrup were reduced on 30th March and again on 27th April.

East African Groundnut Scheme

55.

asked the Minister of Food what are financial terms of the agreement under which the United Africa Company has been appointed as his managing agents for the launching of the East African Groundnut Scheme.

The expenditure incurred by the company will be reimbursed by the Ministry, but the company—and I should like to thank them for this—has agreed to make no claim to any remuneration for its services; in other words it is a cost, but not a cost plus, basis.