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Volume 958: debated on Tuesday 14 November 1978

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when he intends introducing regulations to control the conveyance to, period of delay at, and the slaughter of, poultry at packing stations.

Legislation already exists for these purposes, but proposals are being prepared which will extend the Slaughter of Poultry (Humane Conditions) Regulations 1971 so that those regulations, as well as the Slaughter of Poultry Act 1967, will protect not only turkeys and domestic fowls but also guinea fowl, ducks and geese. An amendment to the Conveyance of Live Poultry Order 1919 is also in hand.