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Volume 527: debated on Friday 7 May 1954

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Written Answers To Questions

Friday, 7th May, 1954

Ministry Of Food

Public Slaughterhouses

asked the Minister of Food which local authorities in England and Wales operate public abattoirs at present in use; and what are the locations of abattoirs built since 1940 by his Department.

Public slaughterhouses at present in use under the Meat Control Scheme are located in the following local authority areas in England and Wales:

Local Authority Slaughterhouses in England

  • Accrington B.C.
  • Alnwick U.D.C.
  • Altrincham B. C.
  • Barnsley C.B.C.
  • Barnstaple B.C.
  • Barrow-in-Furness C.B.C
  • Bideford B.C.
  • Birkenhead C.B.C.
  • Birmingham C.B.C
  • Blackburn C.B.C.
  • Blackpool C.B.C.
  • Blyth B.C.
  • Bolton C.B.C.
  • Bradford C.B.C.
  • Brighton C.B.C
  • Bristol C.B.C.
  • Burnley C.B.C.
  • Bury C.B.C.
  • Carlisle C.B.C.
  • Cheltenham B.C
  • Chester C.B.C.
  • Chesterfield B.C.
  • Chorley B.C.
  • Clitheroe B.C.
  • Colne B.C.
  • Coventry C.B.C.
  • Croydon C.B.C.
  • Darlington C.B.C.
  • Dartmouth B.C.
  • Derby C.B.C.
  • Doncaster C.B.C
  • Exeter C.B.C.
  • Glendale R.D.C
  • Goole B.C.
  • Halifax C.B.C.
  • Hereford B.C.
  • Hexham U.D.C.
  • Huddersfield C.B.C.
  • Hythe B.C.
  • Ilkley U.D.C.
  • Keighley B.C.
  • Kendal B.C.
  • Lancaster B.C.
  • Leeds C.B.C.
  • Leicester C.B.C.
  • Leominster B.C.
  • Lincoln C.B.C.
  • Liverpool C.B.C
  • London (Islington) City ot.
  • Lytham St. Annes B.C.
  • Malton U.D.C.
  • Manchester C.B.C.
  • Market Harborough U.D.C.
  • Maryport U.D.C.
  • Melton Mowbray U.D.C.
  • Middlesbrough C.B.C.
  • Minehead U.D.C.
  • Morpeth B.C.
  • Newcastle on Tyne C.B.C
  • Newton Abbott U.D.C.
  • Northampton C.B.C.
  • Nottingham C.B.C.
  • Nuneaton B.C.
  • Otley U.D.C.
  • Paignton U.D.C
  • Penrith U.D.C.
  • Plymouth C.B.C.
  • Preston C.B.C.
  • Reading C.B.C.
  • Rotherham C.B.C.
  • Rugby B.C.
  • Runcorn U.D.C.
  • St. Helens C.B.C.
  • St. Ives (Hunts) B.C.
  • Scunthorpe B.C.
  • Sheffield C.B.C.
  • Shipley U.D.C.
  • Shrewsbury B.C
  • Skipton U.D.C.
  • Southport C.B.C.
  • South Shields C.B.C.
  • Spenbrough U.D.C.
  • Stoke-on-Trent C.B.C.
  • Tavistock U.D.C.
  • Tiverton B.C.
  • Wakefield C.B.C.
  • West Hartlepool C.B.C.
  • Weston Super Mare B.C.
  • Whitly & Monkseaton U.D.C.
  • Wolverhampton C.B.C.
  • Worcester C.B.C.

Local Authority Slaughterhouses in Wales and Monmoufh

  • Abergavenny B.C.
  • Abergele U.D.C.
  • Aberystwyth B.C.
  • Bangor B.C.
  • Barry B.C.
  • Beaumaris B.C
  • Brecon B.C
  • Cardiff C.B.C.
  • Cardigan B.C.
  • Carmarthen B.C.
  • Caernarvon B.C.
  • Colwyn Bay B.C.
  • Haverfordwest B.C.
  • Lampeter B.C.
  • Llandilo U.D.C.
  • Llandudno U.D.C.
  • Llanelly B.C.
  • Monmouth B.C.
  • Neath B.C.
  • Newport (Mon.) C.B.C.
  • Pembroke Dock B.C.
  • Pontypridd U.D.C.
  • Port Talbot B.C.
  • Pwllheli B.C.
  • Rhyl U.D.C.
  • Swansea C.B.C.
  • Wrexham B.C.

Seven slaughterhouses have been built by the Government and are in operation at Guildford, Fareham, Grimsby, Canterbury, Swindon, Wimborne and Salisbury.

Wholesale Meat Facilities, South Wales

asked the Minister of Food whether he is aware of the lack of wholesale facilities for meat in South Wales, in general, and in Cardiff, in particular; and what steps he is taking to ensure adequate supplies of meat in Cardiff when rationing ends.

No. The wholesale meat trade in South Wales has available to it the same facilities as before the war. So far as the second part of the Question is concerned, I am quite sure that, in their own interests, the trade can be relied upon to take such steps as are necessary to ensure adequate supplies of meat in Cardiff, as elsewhere.

National Health Service (Report)

asked the Minister of Health when he expects to receive the report of the committee of inquiry into the Health Service.

I would refer my hon. and gallant Friend to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for Stafford and Stone, (Mr. H. Fraser) on 22nd January.

Rotherwood Children's Home, Salford

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department the total cost of the Rotherwood Children's Home in Stafford; the number of children housed; the number of staff employed; and the real cost per child per week including capital charges.

The total cost of providing the Rotherwood Children's Home was £24,150. The number of children accommodated there is 32. The number of staff employed is 10 (of whom six are child-care staff). According to the local authority's revised estimate for 1954–55, the cost per child per week, including capital charges, is £5 9s. 4d.

Civil Defence (Radio Activity)

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice and instruction is being made available as to the course to be taken by a survivor of a thermo-nuclear attack believed to be suffering from radio activity or other serious effects of the attack.

Persons who became casualties after such an attack, whether from radiation sickness or any other cause, would, if they were able to act on their own behalf, follow the instructions that were given to them, at the time, by appropriate members of the Civil Defence services.

Welfare Foods, Scotland (Distribution)

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what local authority associations in Scotland have agreed that the Scottish local health authorities should take over responsibility for the local distribution of welfare foods, other than liquid milk, when the local offices of the Ministry of Food are closed down.

I am glad to say that the three Scottish associations have so agreed, and that the individual authorities are now arranging, to undertake this work as part of their duty under the National Health Service (Scotland) Act, 1947, to provide for the care of expectant and nursing mothers and young children.

Anglo-Canadian Defence Talks

asked the Minister of Supply if he will make a statement about his recent talks in Ottawa with the Canadian Government on defence matters.

During the course of my recent visit to Ottawa, I had talks with Canadian Ministers concerned with defence, in particular with Mr. Brooke Claxton (Minister of National Defence) and Mr. C. D. Howe (Minister of Defence Production). I also met the Canadian Chiefs of Staff. These talks provided an opportunity for a general exchange of views on defence matters affecting the two countries, with special reference to the problem of defence production and of aeronautical and weapon research. Among other subjects discussed was the supply of equipment required by Canada from the United Kingdom.We reviewed the arrangements for cooperation in scientific and technical development as well as methods for securing a still closer integration of the defence research programmes of the two countries, particularly in regard to aircraft and air-to-air guided weapons. We also reviewed the progress made in the standardisation of weapons and equipment. In this connection we discussed the question of the Belgian F.N. automatic rifle which, as the House knows, is to be manufactured in Britain for the British Army.Whilst the Canadian Government have not as yet reached any final decision, the adoption of this rifle for the Canadian forces is being actively considered and some 2,000 of these weapons have been ordered for troop trials. Should the Canadian Government adopt this weapon, they would propose to manufacture in Canada the rifles required for the Canadian forces. This would necessitate converting the design to inch dimensions, since the Belgian production drawings, which are based on the metric system, are not suited to manufacturing methods and tooling in North America.

In view of the prospect of the adoption of the F.N. rifle by the Canadian Government and the interest of the United States Government who have likewise ordered rifles for troop trials, the United Kingdom Government have decided that the rifles to be manufactured in Britain should also be based on inch dimensions. The few months delay involved in converting the drawings is, in our opinion, an acceptable price to pay for the possibility of obtaining standardisation and interchangeability of weapons and the creation of an alternative source of production in North America, which might be of great value in the event of war.

The Canadian Government have agreed to undertake the actual work of adapting the production drawings to the inch system in accordance with accepted American - British - Canadian standards. This work will be carried out at Canadian Arsenals in Toronto. The closest collaboration will be maintained throughout with the United Kingdom Ministry of Supply, who will be represented at Canadian Arsenals by design and production experts. The United States Government have been invited to appoint observers to maintain technical liaison in connection with this work.

Palace Of Westminster (Lift Attendants)

asked the Minister of Works if he will arrange to provide tip-up seats in such lifts as are regularly worked by disabled men within the Palace of Westminster.

I have been considering this matter. I am informed that many disabled lift attendants find ordinary tip-up seats unsatisfactory, and I am about to try out a seat of hammock construction; this should be more adaptable and comfortable. If it proves suitable it will be used wherever practicable.