HC Deb 21 March 2000 vol 346 c488W
Mr. Hurst

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many premises were licensed as slaughterhouses in England and Wales in the years(a) 1979, (b) 1989 and (c) 1999. [114949]

Ms Quin

The table gives end of year figures for 1979, 1989 and 1999 for red and poultry meat slaughterhouses in England. Prior to 1993, slaughterhouses in England and Wales were not licensed by MAFF, but by local authorities. The England figures for 1979 and 1989 have therefore been derived from records of State Veterinary Service visits during those years and are approximate. For poultry meat slaughterhouses in England, no figures are available prior to 1983.

Year Red meat Poultry meat
1979 975
1989 690 107
1999 339 119

The licensing of slaughterhouses in Wales is a devolved matter. The National Assembly for Wales, which now has responsibility for the administration of such matters, has provided the following information in relation to slaughterhouses in Wales. No poultry meat slaughterhouse figures are available for 1979 or 1989:

Year Red meat Poultry meat
1979 79
1989 66
1999 34 12

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