§ Mr. Pickles
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if the views of the(a) hygiene service and (b) Meat and Livestock Commission were sought on 441W each of the companies who submitted a tender in the recent award of contracts to abattoirs by the Intervention Board under the over-30-month scheme. 
§ Ms Quin
Decisions were reached following a competitive tender under which bids were considered and evaluated against objective criteria by a Project Board. The Project Board's membership included representatives of the Intervention Board, the UK Agriculture Departments, the Meat Hygiene Service, the Meat and Livestock Commission, the Department of Agriculture for Northern Ireland Veterinary Service and the Livestock and Meat Commission.