§ Baroness Byford
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Further to the statement by the Baroness Hayman on 9 April (H.L. Deb., col. 1013), how many slaughtermen have been deployed currently to cope with the foot and mouth outbreak; and whether they consider that these numbers are adequate in tackling the backlog of animals awaiting slaughter. [HL1788]
§ Baroness Hayman
As of 28 April, there are in the region of 280 slaughtermen being used, with approximately 550 in reserve, to be used if required. We believe that these numbers are more than adequate.