asked the Minister of Food the amount of square footage contained in slaughterhouses in Cornwall.
Thirty-two thousand three hundred and sixty-one square feet in those at present in use.
Is the Minister aware that this is insufficient for present requirements? Is he also aware that construction is being hindered by his refusal to state his post-war policy. When will he state his policy?
We have to take into account all sorts of factors, including how we can resume private trading in meat and yet carry out our guarantees both to the home farmer and overseas producer. It is a very complicated programme, and until it has been worked out I would rather not speculate about the slaughterhouse programme.