asked the Minister of Food if he is aware that the present system of distribution of bacon factory edible offals is not an equitable one; and if he will take action to prevent certain retail butchers obtaining priority in such distribution, so that they may not have advantages over other traders who do not receive similar supplies.
Bacon factory offals are in very short supply and the bulk is used in the manufacture of meat products. The remainder available for distribution fresh is quite insufficient to ensure a supply to all retail butchers, but bacon factories have been instructed to distribute this small balance fairly among their prewar customers, preference being given to pork butchers. If the hon. Member can give details of cases where these instructions are not being followed, I should be glad to have them.