§ Mr. Breed
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what steps he is taking to remove restrictions in livestock slaughter regulations; and what assessment he has made of the advantages and disadvantages of introducing an intermediate stamp to allow abattoirs to slaughter 40 units a day. 
§ Ms Quin
These issues were addressed in the report of the Meat Industry Red Tape Working Group which was published on 13 December 1999. A copy is available in the Library of the House and on the MAFF internet site. The Government are now considering the Working Group's recommendations and will give its response in the new year.