HC Deb 25 January 1972 vol 829 c380W
Miss Holt

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he will seek to ban the use of the Protecta system for sows.

Mr. Anthony Stodart

No. A high standard of stockmanship is required if the welfare of the animals is to be safeguarded under this system, and so far our veterinary staff have seen no evidence that the animals are suffering any unnecessary pain or distress. The code of recommendations for the welfare of pigs contains guidelines applicable to this system.