Waste Food (Collection)

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 26th November 1953.

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Photo of Mr William Aitken Mr William Aitken , Bury St Edmunds 12:00 am, 26th November 1953

asked the Minister of Agriculture if he is aware of the difficulties which some local authorities are experiencing in the collection of waste food; and if he will now revoke the wartime emergency directions requiring local authorities to engage in salvage schemes.

Photo of Sir Richard Nugent Sir Richard Nugent , Guildford

The answer to the first part of the Question is, "Yes, Sir." As to the second part, the Government have decided that the salvage of waste food by local authorities will in future be on a voluntary basis, and my right hon. Friend hopes to introduce legislation in the current Session giving local authorities the necessary permissive powers so that the wartime directions can be revoked. In the meantime, he is prepared to revoke individual directions for local authorities if they wish him to do so. Despite this, I should say that this is a most useful piece of salvage work which ought, if possible, to be maintained as a long-term service.

Photo of Mr William Aitken Mr William Aitken , Bury St Edmunds

Is my hon. Friend aware that this answer will give great satisfaction to many authorities who engage in this very uneconomic form of expenditure?

Photo of Sir Archer Baldwin Sir Archer Baldwin , Leominster

Is my hon. Friend aware that if authorities are to go on with this matter steps must be taken to see that this salvage is properly treated before it is fed to other animals, in view of the danger of the spread of foot-and-mouth disease?

Photo of Sir Richard Nugent Sir Richard Nugent , Guildford

The veterinary requirements of my Department will still continue.