asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he has studied the references in the Sixth Report of the Select Committee on National Expenditure, to the effect that all opportunities for making full use of waste products for pig and poultry feeding are not being taken, and that the matter demands investigation; and what action he is taking on the subject?
The views expressed in the Sixth Report of the Select Committee on National Expenditure have already been the subject of urgent consideration by my right hon. Friends the Minister of Supply, the Minister of Food and the Minister of Agriculture. An investigation is now proceeding, with the assistance of the hon. Member for Anglesey (Miss Lloyd George) and the hon. Member for North Tottenham (Mr. R. C. Morrison), with regard to the further steps that could be taken to ensure the collection, treatment and use of the largest possible quantities of food waste for feeding to pigs and poultry. As indicated, however, in my right hon. Friend's reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Evesham (Mr. De la Bère) on 13th March, the greater part of the available food waste is already being utilised, and the remainder still collectable is probably much less than is commonly supposed.