§ Mr. Biffen
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) what percentage of live horses exported for slaughter during the past 12 months has been under 12 years old.
(2) what is the total export of live horses for slaughter to the Common Market countries for the latest available 12 months; how this compares with the corresponding preceding three years; what is the estimated percentage used for human consumption; and if he is satisfied that no unnecessary cruelty is involved in the shipment and slaughter of these animals.
§ Mrs. Fenner
My Department has no evidence of shipments of horses for330W slaughter during the last few years. Consequently the other questions do not arise.