HC Deb 01 May 1986 vol 96 c473W
Sir Geoffrey Finsberg

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food on what dates the United Kingdom Government signed European convention No. 102 on the protection of animals for slaughter; when Her Majesty's Government intend to ratify it; and if he will make a statement.

Mrs. Fenner

The Government signed the Convention on 10 May 1979. Certain amendments to our legislation will be required before ratification is possible; and we are considering the necessary changes in conjunction with implementation of our response to the Farm Animal Welfare Council's reports on the slaughter of livestock.