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Volume 480: debated on Wednesday 8 November 1950

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asked the Minister of Food whether he will make additional supplies of pork meat available to butchers for the better quality sausages which he has now authorised.

I am sorry that no extra supplies of manufacturing pork can be made available at present. The position will, however, improve with the steady increase in the number of pigs reared in this country.

Is it not a fact that the only effect of the Minister's concession is that there is less sausage of both sorts available in the shops for the British housewife? Does he regard that position as a satisfactory outcome of his new policy?

If the meat content of sausage increases while the amount of meat remains the same, the number of sausages will decrease. I have already explained that the steadily increasing output of home-produced pork means that the number of sausages will increase in time.

Is it the intention of this utility-minded Government to force utility sausages on the British people?