§ Mr. Peter Mills
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether all animals for slaughter abroad are being kept in a Ministry-approved lairage for 30 days before shipment.
§ Mr. Strang
Animals are not required to be kept in an approved lairage for 30 days before export. To comply with the Exported Animals Protection Order 1964, all cattle, sheep and pigs intended for export must, unless specially exempted be given food and water and rested for at east 10 hours in approved premises before shipment. An official veterinary examination also has to be carried out to ensure that they are fit to travel. These requirements are strictly enforced.