§ Mr. Gordon Prentice
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the total cost of work required to be done by slaughterhouses operating under temporary derogations from the Fresh Meat (Hygiene Inspection) Regulations 1992 to enable them to meet the standards designated by the regulations. 
§ Mrs. Browning
This information is not available. The cost of bringing slaughterhouses up to the structural standards laid down in the Fresh Meat (Hygiene and 93W Inspection) Regulations 1995, which replaced the 1992 regulations, is a matter for the individual plant operator. It will depend on the nature and extent of the structural work required at each premises and the way in which each operator whose premises is operating at present under a temporarily derogated licence decides to meet the required standards.
General information on the likely costs of meeting the standards laid down is however, contained in the compliance cost assessment on the Fresh Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations. This was placed in the Library of the House when these regulations were laid before the Parliament on 9 March 1995.