§ Dr. Lynne Jones
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what representations she has made to the Spanish Agriculture Minister regarding the slaughter of sheep in Spanish abattoirs; and what was the outcome.
§ Mr. Soames
My right hon. Friend raised the subject with the Spanish Agriculture Minister in the margins of the November 1993 Agriculture Council in the light of allegations about sheep being slaughtered in some Spanish abattoirs in a way contrary to EC welfare legislation. Written assurances were received that these allegations were being investigated, and that action would be taken where appropriate. My right hon. Friend wrote on 24 January seeking confirmation of the results of the investigations and measures adopted. A reply is awaited.