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Whale Meat

Volume 440: debated on Wednesday 16 July 1947

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asked the Minister of Food what supplies of whale meat have been made available off the ration in this country; and what has been the public response.

Whale meat is being imported and distributed by private traders. Supplies on a limited scale have been imported recently, but I have no information as to the precise quantity, and it is too early to form an opinion as to the public response.

Can my hon. Friend take any steps to increase the supply and distribution of this excellent food?

Yes, certainly. We are taking steps. We have given the traders import licences amounting to 6,000 tons.

Would the Minister say, as a doctor, that whale meat is good for us?

Is the Ministry of Food giving any assistance to the public about how to cook it?

Yes. We are having experiments in our kitchens now. [Interruption.] Certainly, we always have experiments before we try anything on hon. Members opposite.