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Carcases (Department's Purchases)

Volume 480: debated on Monday 13 November 1950

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asked the Minister of Food what was the difference between estimated weight and actual weight of carcases purchased by his Department since 1st January, 1950, to the latest available date and what was the loss to the taxpayer.

The difference between the estimated and the actual weight of carcases purchased by my Department between 1st January and 25th August was 3,407 tons which at the prices paid to farmers for the livestock would cost£652,257. This represents just under one per cent. of the cost of all the cattle, calves and sheep bought in this period.