§ Mr. Letwin
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what steps he will take to ensure that the rules relating to the treatment of pigs in other EU countries are(a) as strict and (b) as well enforced as in the United Kingdom. 
§ Mr. Morley
[holding answer 10 March 1998]: During the forthcoming review of Directive 91/630, which lays down minimum welfare requirements for pigs, the Government will seek to raise EU standards at least to match those that already apply in the UK. Ensuring that other member states properly enforce EU requirements is a matter for the European Commission. We will pass on, for their attention, any evidence submitted to us on non-compliance in other Member States.