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Written Answers

Volume 527: debated on Friday 14 May 1954

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Written Answers To Questions

Friday, 14th May, 1954

Agriculture

Fatstock Marketing Scheme

asked the Minister of Agriculture for an estimate of the cost of promoting the Fatstock Marketing Scheme gazetted on 26th March. 1954.

The costs of promoting the Fatstock Marketing Scheme fall in the first place on the promoters. I cannot estimate them.

Calves (Dehorning)

asked the Minister of Agriculture if he will encourage the dehorning of calves when young, by paying a larger subsidy for dehorned beef calves than for horned ones, or make some other appropriate arrangement to prevent the loss caused by damage to carcases and hides by beasts with horns when being yarded and transported.

Under the Calf Subsidy (England and Wales and Northern Irefand) Scheme, 1952, the present subsidy of £5 has been fixed for all eligible calves born up to 29th October, 1955. I will, however, review my hon. Friend's suggestion when I consider the provisions of any further Scheme.

Slaughterhouses

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.

Fuel And Power (Consumption Returns)

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if he can now see his way to reduce the demands made by his Department for statistical information from industrial and commercial users of fuel.

Yes. It is still necessary to obtain information from the larger users, but from now on returns will no longer be collected from 28,000 of the smaller users. These account for about three-quarters of the number of establishments hitherto making returns but only a tenth of the total consumption.

Ministry Of Health

Batley And District Hospital

asked the Minister of Health for how long the Batley and District Hospital has now been without resident medical staff.

I am informed that no resident medical staff has been available since 31st March last.

asked the Minister of Health the number of patients' beds at Batley and District Hospital; and how many of them are empty at present.

Thirty-three are occupied and 66 are vacant, 16 because of structural alterations in progress.

Hospital Appointments

(Advertising Costs)

asked the Minister of Health the cost to the National Health Service during 12 months, up to the last convenient date, for advertising to invite applications from medically-qualified men and women for hospital appointments.

Complete information is not available, but the expenditure of all regional hospital boards and hospital management committees in England and Wales, and half the boards of governors, during the year ending 31st March, 1953, was £191,000.

Transport

Traffic Lights, Oxford Street (Modernisation)

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if, in view of the traffic congestion in Oxford Street, he will modify timing of existing traffic lights to ensure synchronisation throughout the length of the street.

The authorities responsible for the traffic signals in Oxford Street are the Westminster City Council and the Metropolitan Borough Councils of Marylebone and Holbom. My right hon. Friend has agreed to make a grant towards the modernisation of the signals, and the installation of the new equipment has already begun.

Headlamp Dazzle (Accidents)

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if he will state the percentage of accidents involving personal injury primarily caused by dazzle from vehicle lights during 1953, 1952 and 1951, to the total number occurring between dusk and daylight.

The answer is:

YearAccidents in dusk and darkness from all causesAccidents caused by dazzleDazzle Accidents as per cent. of all accidents in dusk and darkness
1951 …47,4261,6023·4
1952 …44,4771,2722·9
1953 …51,0051,5933·1