Kitchen Waste (Collection).

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies. – in the House of Commons on 12th March 1942.

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Photo of Sir Charles Lyle Sir Charles Lyle , Bournemouth

asked the Minister of Supply whether, in view of the certainty of diminished foodstuffs for pigs and poultry in the coming winter, he will make compulsory on local authorities the collection of waste?

Photo of Mr Charles Peat Mr Charles Peat , Darlington

Directions have already been served on 96 local authorities requiring them to collect kitchen waste and send it to concentrator plants, and further directions will be served as and when concentrator plants become available. My right hon. Friend does not, however, at present propose to make collections compulsory on all local authorities, since this would not be justified in cases where outlets are not assured. In this matter, my right hon. Friend is advised by the Waste Food Board, which was set up by him in consultation with the Secretary of State for Scotland and the Ministers of Agriculture and Food. I should add that, in addition to the 96 local authorities now under direction, 437 collect kitchen waste for feeding their own pigs and for disposal to local pig clubs and pig keepers. There are also private collections in hundreds of other areas.

Photo of Mr Herbert Williams Mr Herbert Williams , Croydon South

Has there been any change of policy since the announcement of the Minister of Food that he will diminish the amount of offals for pigs and poultry?

Photo of Mr Charles Peat Mr Charles Peat , Darlington

Not that I am aware of.