Bacon (Consumption)

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th July 1959.

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Photo of Mr Denzil Freeth Mr Denzil Freeth , Basingstoke 12:00 am, 27th July 1959

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what was the average weekly consumption in weight of bacon per head in this country in 1938, 1948 and 1958 or the latest available year, respectively.

Photo of Mr John Hare Mr John Hare , Sudbury and Woodbridge

The weekly average consumption of bacon and ham during the years 1934–38 was 8·6 oz. per head and in 1948 and 1958 was 3·4 oz. and 7·7 oz., respectively.

Photo of Mr Denzil Freeth Mr Denzil Freeth , Basingstoke

While congratulating my right hon. Friend on the increase in bacon consumption since we left Socialist scarcity, will he do everything he can to stimulate the consumption of bacon, which is still substantially below pre-war levels, in order to help the British bacon producer?

Photo of Mr John Hare Mr John Hare , Sudbury and Woodbridge

I have very considerable sympathy with what my hon. Friend says. I believe that increased consumption can be provided as long as we get the quality we need and as long as the housewife is satisfied that she gets what she wants.

Photo of Mr Frederick Willey Mr Frederick Willey , Sunderland North

Will the right hon. Gentleman look at this matter seriously? Will he help British curers to increase the consumption of bacon here? There is plenty of room for it if the curers can get the assistance of the Minister.

Photo of Mr John Hare Mr John Hare , Sudbury and Woodbridge

I am sure that the hon. Gentleman and I between us will do what we can to help in this situation.