HC Deb 05 April 2001 vol 366 c288W
Mr. Baker

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what recent studies his Department has made of the average cost of slaughtering a lamb in an abattoir in each of the EU member states; and if he will make a statement. [153267]

Ms Stuart

[holding answer 12 March 2001]: I have been asked to reply.

The Department has undertaken no such studies. Slaughter costs reflect a number of factors, including size and efficiency of operations, and are therefore commercial matters.