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Meat (Weights And Prices)

Volume 465: debated on Wednesday 1 June 1949

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asked the Minister of Food whether it was with his knowledge and approval that two officials of his Department from Aberdeen recently visited a butcher in a Sutherland village, whose name and address have been disclosed, and instructed him to enclose an invoice stating the weight, particular cut, and price of all orders sent out by van or messenger although these particulars are given to credit customers on their weekly or monthly accounts; and if he is aware that the butcher was threatened with action when he refused to comply with the instructions and gave good grounds for so doing.

Under the Weights and Measures Act, 1926, a statement of net weight has to accompany any meat sent out by van or messenger; and the price per lb. must be stated also under the Meat (Maximum Retail Prices) Order, 1949. My officers reminded this butcher of these requirements.