§ Mr. Corbett
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he is satisfied with the present arrangements for the export of live food animals; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. John Silkin
There have been several important developments in the 197W export trade in live animals for immediate slaughter or for further fattening since the trade was resumed in January 1975. There have also been criticisms recently that particular consignments of animals have not been treated in accordance with our welfare requirements. I intend to give close and detailed consideration to all aspects of this trade as it has developed over the last two and a half years and will study the views of the principal organisations involved. It is essential that the welfare of these animals should continue to be a prime objective.