asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) how many cattle markets in the United Kingdom are currently licensed to trade in livestock for export to other EEC countries; and what proportion this is of the total;(2) if he will list the cattle markets currently licensed to trade in livestock for export to other EEC countries.
Four cattle markets in the United Kingdom have so far been approved under EEC Directive 64/432—as amended—for intra-Community trade in bovine animals and swine for breeding, production or slaughter. These markets are at Perth; Dingwall, Ross-shire; Reading; and Chelford, Cheshire. There are 1,613 cattle markets currently operating in the United Kingdom and those approved represent 0·24 per cent. of this total.