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Livestock (Quality)

Volume 886: debated on Thursday 20 February 1975

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if there is any evidence of a deterioration in the quality of farm livestock; and if he is confident that the achievements of the last 25 years are being sustained.

I regret that the reply I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Rother Valley (Mr. Hardy) on 23rd January 1975 was incorrect. I have no reason to believe that the improvements in the quality of livestock in England and Wales achieved in the last 25 years are not being continued, although changes in the economics of livestock production can cause temporary checks.