§ Mr. Burden
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many intensive farming units engaged in the production of veal have been visited since publication of the codes of practice; how many of the units visited were not complying to the standards set down in the codes; and what 347W steps are being taken to investigate whether the code is being complied with in this respect.
§ Mr. Peter Mills
No statistics are available of the total number of units engaged in veal production since publication of the welfare codes but 70 were visited during the State Veterinary Survey in 1970. On 63 of those units the calf pens were narrower than recommended in the welfare code, and on six of these the standard of lighting did not comply with the code recommendation. There was no evidence of pain or distress to the calves but welfare advice was given where appropriate. Veal units, in common with all other livestock premises, are subject to welfare inspections by Ministry veterinary staff who check on observance of the codes and give advice as necessary.