HC Deb 01 February 1962 vol 652 cc114-5W
Mr. Eden

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the present number of slaughterhouses in use in England and Wales; and to what extent ante-mortem and post-mortem meat inspection is in force therein.

Mr. Soames

There are about 3,050 slaughterhouses in use at present in England and Wales. Over 90 per cent. of meat is inspected post-mortem. Ante-mortem inspection is not at present general but I recognise that it must be one of the objectives of policy to make it so.