HC Deb 24 February 1994 vol 238 c365W
26. Mr. Lewis

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what measures she proposes to improve the welfare of battery hens.

Mr. Soames

The commission has been reviewing the battery hens directive.

We await their proposals for a revision of the directive and for new standards for other systems.

We shall be pressing for the highest welfare standards to be set on a Community basis for laying hens in all systems of production.