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Volume 527: debated on Friday 14 May 1954

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asked the Minister of Food if he is now satisfied that there will be adequate slaughtering facilities to meet requirements when meat is decontrolled; and what further provision he proposes to meet the situation.

This is a duty which has been put upon local authorities, and I think that, in consultation with the local interests concerned, they are handling it generally with a resolve to ensure that sufficient facilities will be available. As I have previously stated, the situation can only be met by bringing into use very many of the pre-war slaughterhouses and I trust that local authorities will exercise their licensing powers wherever necessary.