§ 17. Mr. Ashby
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what action he is taking to instigate a review of the welfare of chickens in battery cage systems within the Council of Ministers. 
§ Mrs. Browning
I have pressed the European Commission to update the scientific assessment prepared in 1992 and to bring forward proposals to the Council. The Commission has responded by setting the Scientific Veterinary Committee to work.