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Volume 986: debated on Thursday 19 June 1980

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he is satisfied that sufficient abattoir capacity will exist in each area of the country, and if he will assist each such establishment to comply with the highest standards of hygiene and humanity.

I expect that we will continue to achieve an adequate spread of slaughtering facilities. Grants are available under the redmeat slaughterhouse industry scheme and under certain circumstances from European Community funds in order to assist operators to improve their premises and to meet the necessary legislative requirements.