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Volume 929: debated on Thursday 7 April 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish in the Official Report the number of jobs that have been lost in abattoirs in the various regions of the United Kingdom since the legislation allowing the export of live animals came into effect.

I regret that the information is not available. My Department's employment statistics relate to the minimum list headings of the Standard Industrial Classification and do not distinguish separately the slaughtering industry, which is a part only of one of these headings.