Oral Answers to Questions — Meat Inspection (Fees)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th July 1966.

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Photo of Mr Christopher Norwood Mr Christopher Norwood , Norwich South 12:00 am, 20th July 1966

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will introduce legislation to make the fees payable for inspection of slaughtered meat a charge upon the Revenue and not one which falls upon butchers.

Photo of Mr John Mackie Mr John Mackie , Enfield East

Our proposals for the amendment of the Meat Inspection Regulations, 1963, do not include any change in the financial arrangements. My right hon. Friend hopes to make a statement shortly.

Photo of Mr Christopher Norwood Mr Christopher Norwood , Norwich South

Would not my hon. Friend agree that the arguments used by his colleague in 1963 when this matter was under discussion are equally compelling now? Since it is a national scheme, as he said at the time, it should be a national responsibility.

Photo of Mr John Mackie Mr John Mackie , Enfield East

The total amount which meat inspection puts on a pound of meat is less than a tenth of a penny. I do not think that the public objects to paying for the aesthetic and health value of meat inspection.