§ Paddy Tipping
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on how she intends to influence the recommendations of the Farm Animals Welfare Council's Report on the Welfare of Farmed Animals At Slaughter or Killing. 
§ Mr. Bradshaw
[holding answer 4 December 2003]The Farm Animal Welfare Council is our independent advisory body on farm animal welfare matters. As such, we do not influence the recommendations that they make in reports. The Council published its report on the welfare of red meat animals at slaughter in June, and we are currently preparing a draft response.