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Summary: During the war farmers were obliged to give at least 12 days notice of their intention to sell livestock for meat; this film explains the apparently unduly long delay by indicating the amount of administrative work involved in interpreting the resulting information and using it to ensure adequate meat supplies nationwide.
Description: In an opening sequence, a farmer is disgruntled at being asked for such long notice; the film follows another farmer's 'Fatstock Delivery Form' through the offices of the auctioneer, area livestock supervisor etc to the Ministry of Food. The statistics are interpreted, plans made for disposal of the meat, stocks released from cold store to supplement shortages, steps initiated for payment of farmers, etc; as a result, after the sale, the meat ration is available for everybody including the farmer. The first farmer resignedly sits down to fill in his form.
Production Country: GB
Production Details: Ministry of Food (Production sponsor)
Ministry of Information (Production sponsor)
Merton Park Studios (Production company)
Musk, Cecil (Production individual)
Benedetta, Mary (Production individual)
Dinsdale, Alan T (Production individual)
Tasto, Charles R (Production individual)
Miller, Cath (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations:
Keywords: administration, British - civilian: Ministry of Food (object name)
agriculture, British - animal (object name)
economics, British national - trade (object name)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Sound
Soundtrack language: English
Title language: English
Subtitle language: None
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 1054 ft; Running time: 12 mins
Notes: Remarks: more successful at conveying the atmosphere of huge administrative tasks than at saying just what is going on: almost impossible to follow in detail at first viewing, but a good picture of bureaucracy working.