§ Mr. Etherington
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many broiler chickens slaughtered in the United Kingdom were rejected as unfit for human consumption in (i) 1997 and (ii) 1998. 
§ Mr. Rooker
The information requested is as follows:
Total throughput Unfit for human consumption (in whole or in part) 1997 Great Britain 709,291,374 8,705,858 Northern Ireland 60,270,049 721,859 1998 Great Britain 713,047,348 8,339,457 Northern Ireland 61,774,233 544,907
Note:The total throughput figures provided for Great Britain for 1997 and 1998 are not directly comparable, owing to the method for collecting these data having changed slightly.