asked the Minister of Food what recommendations he has received on the unsuitability of the present slaughterhouse at East Dereham; and whether any steps can be taken to bring about an early improvement, or as part of a long-term programme for the handling of fat-stock produced in the district.
The local authority has prepared plans for the adaptation of another building for use as a slaughterhouse, and these are being examined.
asked the Minister of Food to state his policy with regard to slaughterhouses.
I cannot make any general statement of policy at present, since this question is necessarily bound up with that of future arrangements for livestock marketing and wholesale meat distribution, which are now under examination. In the meantime, however, as I have already said, we are encouraging local authorities to build slaughterhouses where existing facilities are seriously inadequate and where there seems to be a permanent need for additional ones.