HC Deb 31 October 1957 vol 575 cc71-2W
Mr. John Eden

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to what extent old cattle have been shipped to Western European ports during recent weeks; what investigations he has carried out to ensure that cruelty no longer exists in connection with this traffic; and whether he will now take some additional action in this matter, either by imposing a minimum export price or by some other means, so as to ensure that the trade is beyond criticism.

Mr. Burden

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) what has been the situation with regard to the export of aged cattle to the Continent during the past three months; and whether, in the light of this experience, he will now reconsider the desirability of introducing some form of filter price with regard to the export of such cattle;

(2) whether he is now satisfied that all inhumanity has been effectively eliminated from the export trade in cattle to the Continent as in the case of the export of horses; and what further action he proposes to take in the matter.

Mr. Amory

Exports of cattle from Great Britain to the Continent for slaughter since 1st August have been as follows:—

reasonable grounds for complaint. I do not consider that any further action is called for, but I shall continue to watch the situation.