HC Deb 04 March 1992 vol 205 cc183-4W
Mr. Gill

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the total cost to the industry of inspection charges in Great Britain for(a) beef, (b) pork, (c) lamb and (d) poultry meat.

Mr. Maclean

The Government do not collect information on the levels of charges since these are the responsibility of individual local authorities. However, we estimate the total cost to the industry for 1990–91 at about £31 million. Of this amount approximately 73 per cent. relates to red meat and 27 per cent. to white meat. It is not possible to estimate, from the information available to us, the percentage of the red meat costs which relate to beef, pork and lamb.