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Bacon Factories (Quota)

Volume 481: debated on Wednesday 22 November 1950

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asked the Minister of Food whether he will consider revising the present quota system for the distribution of bacon pigs to bacon factories, in view of the fact that it operates unfairly in the case of those factories who were at a disadvantage in labour matters during the period chosen for the basis of the quota.

Although this system may not satisfy a few individual curers, I think, on balance, that it is the most equitable for the industry as a whole, and I do not think I should be justified in changing it. I should add that I have very close contact with the bacon producers and this problem is one of a number on which we are having continuous and useful discussions.