asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he will consult with the Minister of Food to ensure that the future production of bacon pigs does not exceed the potential output of the bacon factories.
I consulted with my right hon. Friend the Minister of Food before the target for pig production was set under the Agricultural Expansion Programme, and there is further consultation at each annual price review. Bacon factories are well able to cope with the present output of bacon pigs, but I would remind the hon. Member that if the future production of pigs should exceed the capacity of the factories the excess could be used for pork.