66. Mr. De la Bère
asked the Minister of Agriculture what steps he is taking to protect the interests of livestock breeders, in view of the proposal to open experimental slaughter-houses and to close existing slaughter-houses?
§ Mr. Ramsbotham
The purpose of Part V of the Livestock Industry Bill, under which it is proposed to offer facilities for three experiments in centralised slaughtering on the meat works principle, is to obtain information with regard to this method of dealing with livestock and the products of the slaughtering of livestock, under the conditions obtaining in this country. It does not appear to me 1159 that the interests of livestock producers will be detrimentally affected by these proposals, which are, indeed, designed to promote those interests.