HC Deb 18 July 1961 vol 644 c1048
28. Sir L. Plummer

asked the Parliamentary Secretary for Science what are his proposals for encouraging meat research.

Mr. Denzil Freeth

The matter is still under consideration, but it is hoped to make a statement shortly.

Sir L. Plummer

Can the hon. Gentleman prevail on his noble Friend to see that "shortly" really means "shortly"? Is he aware that we have a mission buying French cattle in France, that we have the growth of baby beef under the broiler system in this country, and that we have competition from chickens? Surely something should be done to instruct housewives and farmers about exactly what is needed in the country's interests?

Mr. Freeth

I agree that it is desirable that the proposal to set up a meat research institute should have a final decision as soon as possible, but for some time a great deal of research on meat has been taking place at the Low Temperature Research Station at Cambridge, which I visited last Friday.