§ 48. Mr. Hastings
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether, in view of the continued cruelty involved in the shipping of aged cattle overseas to European markets, he will now arrange that a filter price, fixed at a point above the current price of old animals and below the current cost of prime beasts, should be introduced in order to control this undesirable export traffic.
No. I consider that the steps I announced on 6th June and 1st July will provide effective safeguards against cruelty.
§ Mr. Burden
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether, in view of the success achieved by the application of a filter price to the export of horses in order to prevent the export from this country of live horses for slaughter, he will now make arrangements to work out a similar scheme to deal with the export trade in aged cattle.
I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply given to the hon. Member for Barking (Mr. Hastings) today.