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Slaughterhouses (Inspectors' Visits)

Volume 437: debated on Wednesday 14 May 1947

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asked the Minister of Food why an inspector of the R.S.P.C.A. was refused admission to the slaughterhouse at High Street, Watford, without making a previous appointment; whether such conditions are in operation at other slaughterhouses; and whether he will give instructions that any qualified inspectors of the R.S.P.C.A. shall have admission at all times when animals are being slaughtered.

All the slaughterhouse managers employed by the Ministry have instructions that R.S.P.C.A. Inspectors wishing to enter a slaughterhouse should be given every facility. It is not necessary for them to make a previous appointment. I think that my hon. Friend has been misinformed with regard to the incident at Watford to which he refers. My information is that the inspector entered the slaughterhouse and completed his investigations, but that he omitted to contact the slaughterhouse manager on entry.