Pigs (Raw Swill)

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture – in the House of Commons on 26th November 1942.

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Photo of Mr Walter Higgs Mr Walter Higgs , Birmingham West

asked the Minister of Agriculture the penalty for feeding raw swill to pigs; and how many people have been prosecuted for the offence this year?

Mr. Hudson:

Any person found guilty of feeding raw swill to pigs is liable to a fine not exceeding £50, or, if the offence is committed in respect of more than 10 animals, to a fine not exceeding £5 for each animal. It is the duty of local authorities to undertake prosecutions for offences of this nature, and, accordingly, I am not in possession of a complete list of such proceedings. I have, however, been informed of 32 prosecutions this year involving fines totalling about £126, exclusive of costs.

Photo of Mr Walter Higgs Mr Walter Higgs , Birmingham West

Does the Minister consider that the fines imposed have been adequate to enforce this Order?

Mr. Hudson:

I am afraid that is not my responsibility.

Photo of Mr Samuel Silverman Mr Samuel Silverman , Nelson and Colne

Can the right hon. Gentleman say how much it costs the State to answer this Question in this way?

Mr. Hudson:

No, Sir, not without notice.

Photo of Mr Evelyn Walkden Mr Evelyn Walkden , Doncaster

Is not the most likely punishment the sentence of death for the pigs?