HC Deb 01 November 1996 vol 284 c299W
Dr. Strang

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make it his policy to ensure that a twin-bladed saw is used to remove the spinal column from all cattle carcases destined for human or animal consumption. [234]

Mr. Douglas Hogg

A prototype twin-bladed saw is still under development and evaluation. A number of technical and practical issues have yet to be overcome. Not until these have been successfully resolved will we be in a position to consider the circumstances in which such equipment might be used.