HC Deb 05 April 1973 vol 854 cc121-2W
20. Sir Clive Bossom

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many slaughterhouses there are on the south coast near ports; and how many of these he estimates could be used for the slaughter of animals for export to the Continent in carcase form.

Mr. Anthony Stodart

There are some 140 slaughterhouses within 20 miles of the South Coast, two of which—at Fareham and Hastings—are approved for export. Approval of the others would depend largely on the owners' willingness to incur the expenditure to meet the structural and equipment requirements for export purposes. However, refrigerated transport renders proximity to the coast relatively unimportant and all 41 of the export approved slaughterhouses in England and Wales are able to slaughter for the Continent.

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