Oral Answers to Questions — Bacon-Curing Industry (Concentration).

– in the House of Commons on 2nd June 1942.

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Photo of Sir Geoffrey Mander Sir Geoffrey Mander , Wolverhampton East

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food the present position with regard to the concentration of the bacon industry; and whether he has considered the objections put forward by the Midland Bacon Curers' Association?

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food (Major Lloyd George):

With regard to the first part of my hon. Friend's Question, meetings to discuss concentration have been held in London and in Glasgow, to which all members of the bacon-curing industry were invited. My Department is now working out the details of a concentration plan with the representatives of the trade associations. The reply to the last part of the Question is in the affirmative?

Photo of Sir Geoffrey Mander Sir Geoffrey Mander , Wolverhampton East

Would my right hon. and gallant Friend bear in mind that this industry is working up to something like 80 per cent. of its pre-war capacity and that the supply of bacon is increasing?

Major Lloyd George:

Without accepting either of those two statements, I will certainly look into the matter.