Pigs

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th July 1966.

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Photo of Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith , North Angus and Mearns 12:00 am, 20th July 1966

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what he estimates will be the number of pigs slaughtered from July to December, 1966; and how this compares with the number slaughtered in the same period last year.

Photo of Mr Thomas Peart Mr Thomas Peart , Workington

The number of pigs slaughtered in the United Kingdom in July to December, 1965, was 7,579,000. I expect the comparable figure this year to be somewhat under 7 million.

Photo of Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith , North Angus and Mearns

Would the right hon. Gentleman agree that the reduction in the number of slaughterings which he forecasts is because the size of the breeding herd is at its lowest for over four years? Would he accept that this is because of the stringent way in which the Government have treated this industry?

Photo of Mr Thomas Peart Mr Thomas Peart , Workington

On the contrary, as the hon. Gentleman must know, this shows how the flexible guarantee system works. In the Price Review we raised the middle band by 400,000, which gives over 2s. 3d. a score more than in the previous February.

Photo of Mr Robin Maxwell-Hyslop Mr Robin Maxwell-Hyslop , Tiverton

But would not the right hon. Gentleman agree that the standard quantity of the centre band for pigs is substantially less than the number which we need to have coming on to the market?

Photo of Mr Thomas Peart Mr Thomas Peart , Workington

I do not accept that. I think that the hon. Gentleman should wait to see how the flexible guarantee finally operates.