Food (Destruction).

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland. – in the House of Commons on 6th December 1938.

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Photo of Mr Harry Day Mr Harry Day , Southwark Central

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what instances have been brought to his notice, during the 12 months ended the last convenient date, of food of any description fit for human consumption having been destroyed?

Photo of Mr John Colville Mr John Colville , Midlothian and Peeblesshire Northern

I have had no instances brought to my notice beyond those of skimmed milk and herring referred to in the reply given to the hon. Member by my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade on 22nd November.

Photo of Mr Harry Day Mr Harry Day , Southwark Central

Can the right hon. Gentleman say with regard to herring when he proposes to seek further powers to prevent their destruction?

Photo of Mr John Colville Mr John Colville , Midlothian and Peeblesshire Northern

I do not think any difficulty arises from lack of powers. It is a very difficult question to deal with. I would refer the hon. Member to the third annual report of the Herring Industry Board for the year ended 31st March, 1938, where the question of gluts is fully dealt with.

Photo of Mr George Garro-Jones Mr George Garro-Jones , Aberdeen North

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is a stage between the use of these products as food and their complete destruction, and that all his answers leave out of account cases in which useful food is used for some inferior purpose at much less price, as, for instance, when fish is used for making fish meal, and it goes to the maker of the meal for one-tenth of the price at which it is sold as food? Will the right hon. Gentleman take that into account in future answers?