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Meat (Distribution)

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 14 April 1949

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asked the Minister of Food what proportion of the meat distributed is used for manufacturing purposes, ships' stores and the services, respectively.

The proportions of total meat supplies distributed during 1948 for manufacturing purposes, ships' stores and the services were approximately:

Per cent.
Manufacturing purposes—Civilian9.5
Services0.5
Ships' stores1.0
Services (ration meat)1.0
If the above percentages, together with 2.2 per cent. distributed to institutions, and 1.2 per cent. distributed to staff dining rooms, civic restaurants, clubs and voluntary service canteens, are added to those given in reply to the hon. Member on 4th April, the analysis of total meat supplies during 1948 is complete.

asked the Minister of Food if he will arrange for householders to have priority of fresh meat, and for canteens, other than school canteens, to be supplied with frozen meat, in view of the fact that people having meals in canteens have their own ration of meat at home.

I am unable to adopt the hon. Member's suggestion, since it would involve a complicated and wasteful system of distribution and would not add materially to the proportion of home killed meat for the ordinary consumer.