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Pig Production (Increase)

Volume 466: debated on Monday 27 June 1949

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asked the Minister of Agriculture if he is aware that many people of small means in this country would feed pigs for his Department if he would supply the meal; that the present arrangements of supplying the meal when the pigs are delivered for slaughter is not helping or encouraging pig keeping; and if he will look into this matter with the object of removing this barrier, and assisting the country towards a higher bacon ration.

As my right hon. Friend announced on 19th May increase rations will be given to commercial pig keepers with the object of stimulating the breeding and fattening of pigs for both the bacon and pork markets. Anyone wishing to keep pigs on a domestic scale can obtain a monthly ration to help fatten one or two pigs and, in addition, all pig keepers are eligible for the bonus rations on pig meat they deliver to slaughter-houses and bacon factories.