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Volume 524: debated on Saturday 8 May 1954

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asked the Minister of Food what estimate he has made of the number of slaughterhouses which will be necessary as a moderate concentration in Cornwall when meat rationing ends.

In the period immediately following decontrol this will be a matter for the local authorities in consultation with the trade and producing interests concerned. What may be required under the long-term policy of moderate concentration in this and other parts of the country is under consideration by the Inter-Departmental Committee on Slaughterhouses.

asked the Minister of Food what plans for the provision of sufficient abattoirs for slaughter are being made for the Epping area having regard to the decontrol of meat on 1st July next.

I have asked all local authorities to look into the position in their areas as a matter of urgency following the Report of the Inter-Departmental Committee on Slaughterhouses in consultation with the meat trading and producing interests concerned. I have no doubt that the authorities in Epping will do so.