§ Mr. Steinberg
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what answer she has received from the Government of the Netherlands to her representations regarding the deaths of heifers during the ferry crossing from Holland to Harwich on 10 June.
§ Mr. Soames
The Department carried out a full investigation into the circumstances of the incident with the co-operation of Essex county council. We have expressed concern to the authorities in Holland and all the information from the investigation is being passed to them for appropriate action to be taken. The Commission has been informed about the case and the Government have emphasised the importance they attach to proper enforcement of animal welfare safeguards.