§ Mr. Body
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when he intends to respond to the Farm Animal Welfare Council's recommendations on the slaughter of poultry which were given to him early in the current year.
§ Mrs. Fenner
The Farm Animal Welfare Council's report and recommendations on the welfare of poultry at the time of slaughter were presented to the agriculture Ministers in January 1982. Comments on the recommendations were received from interested organisations during 1982, and in January this year the agriculture Departments issued proposals for action. The Animal Health and Welfare Bill, which was published on 25 November will implement certain of the council's recommendations; others will be implemented by means of amendments to the Slaughter of Poultry (Humane Conditions) Regulations 1971, proposals for which will be issued shortly.