HC Deb 23 October 2000 vol 355 c92W
Mrs. Gordon

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) what the main diseases are which affect intensively reared ducks in the UK; and what percentage of ducks is affected by each disease; [132688]

(2) what the pre-slaughter mortality rate is of ducks (a) reared for the meat and (b) kept for breeding purposes in the UK; [132689]

(3) how many ducks on UK farms have access to water in which they can swim; [132690]

(4) how many ducks on UK farms have access to facilities which enable them to immerse their heads in water; [132691]

(5) what percentage of ducks swan-neck on entering the waterbath stunner in UK slaughterhouses; [132694]

(6) when the UK will adopt the Council of Europe's June 1999 recommendation made by the Standing Committee of the European Convention for the Protection of Animals Kept for Farming Purposes. [132695]

Mr. Morley

I wrote to my hon. Friend on 24 August 2000. Copies of my letter were placed in the Library of the House.

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