HC Deb 01 November 1996 vol 284 c294W
Mr. Martyn Jones

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has received relating to problems faced by Welsh farmers in obtaining access to local slaughterhouses; and if he will make a statement. [456]

Mr. Jonathan Evans

We have received a number of representations from farmers. The Intervention Board has instructed abattoirs to source 50 per cent. clean cattle and 75 per cent. cull cows from markets, in line with historical patterns of marketing. From 4 November only registered animals will be slaughtered until the backlog is cleared; this will enable the Intervention Board to target those areas of Wales where there is greatest need.

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