§ 93 and 94. Mr. ARCHDALE
asked the. Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food (1) whether any representative of the Ulster bacon curers, whose business is entirely different from those of the rest of Ireland, was consulted about the recent Orders as to bacon and pork; if he is aware that dissatisfaction prevails among both farmers and curers: (2) whether he is aware that the three largest bacon-curing firms in Ulster, who are obeying the Controller's Orders as to price, have almost entirely lost all their business, while the buyers belonging to other firms, by giving private bonuses, against the law, are getting all the pigs; and, if so, will he say what action he proposes to take?
§ Mr. CLYNES
The Food Controller has sent representatives to Ireland for the express purpose of investigating the matters complained of by my hon. Friend. A representative of the Ulster bacon curers was consulted before the Bacon Order was issued and it is anticipated that this Order will, by limiting the margin of profit, check the practice of giving illicit bonuses which unfortunately appears to exist.