§ Mr. E. L. Gandar Dower
asked the Minister of Food why poultry en route between Caithness and London consisting of turkeys, chickens, ducks and geese, the property of Mr. Harper of Wick and Mr. Doull of Lybster, was seized by enforcement officers on approximately 12th December; when and how the poultry was disposed of; why it was not put into cold storage; and what settlement has been made with the owners.
§ Mr. Strachey
The poultry was seized by my Department because it did not comply with the requirements of The Poultry (Control and Maximum Prices) Order, as regards plucking. It was disposed of on 13th December, to agents of my Department for distribution to the trade. This step was taken in order that the poultry might reach the public before Christmas. No settlement as to the proceeds of sale of the poultry has been made with the owners pending a decision in regard to prosecution.