§ 27. Mr. Teddy Taylor
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what information is available to his Department regarding the progress made by the French Government in their proposal of 14th March to encourage the slaughter of 2 million hens.
§ Mr. Strang
I understand that implementation of the proposal by the French Government to encourage the slaughter of laying hens was delayed until the beginning of June to allow for the completion of discussions with producers. I understand 500,000 laying hens have already been slaughtered and that a further 500,000 will be slaughtered next week. The scheme is intended to cover up to 2 million birds altogether.