§ Mr. Yeo
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) how many replies he has received since 1 July from(a) prisons, (b) health authorities and (c) local authorities to letters sent by him urging them to obtain products of the highest welfare and animal hygiene standards; 
(2) how many letters he has written since 1 July to (a) prisons, (b) health authorities and (c) local authorities urging them to obtain products of the highest welfare and animal hygiene standards; 
(3) further to his oral answer of 28 October 1999, Official Report, column 1141, answering letters about public sector meat purchases, on what date the letters he referred to were sent. 
§ Mr. Nick Brown
[holding answer 26 October 1999]: I wrote on 27 October to 150 local authorities concerning both beef and pigmeat, and additionally to 131 prisons and 401 health authorities concerning pigmeat on the same date. I have since received a number of responses.