§ Mr. Burden
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) what estimate he has made of the effect of the imposition of import levies on meat on the export of live cattle from the United Kingdom for slaughter abroad;
(2) what steps he intends taking when the levies are imposed on imported meat, to discourage the export of live animals from the United Kingdom for slaughter abroad, in order to increase the availability of fresh home-killed meat in the United Kingdom, and reduce the possibility of cruelty caused by long travel.
§ Mr. Anthony Stodart
To the extent that import levies help to sustain market prices in this country compared with prices overseas, this would tend to reduce the attractiveness of export markets for live animals.