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Cold Storage

Volume 80: debated on Tuesday 11 June 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what is the cold storage and blast freezing capacity available in Northern Ireland at the current time;(2) what is the amount of expansion in the facilities available for cold storage and blast freezing in Northern Ireland since October 1984; and if he will list them;(3) what proposals there are to provide further cold storage and blast freezing facilities in Northern Ireland in the next six months; and if he will list them.

Information on overall storage and freezing capacity is not available. The Northern Ireland Departments of Agriculture and of Economic Development are at present studying the problems of storage for beef with a view to meeting the requirements of the peak period of intervention buying in the autum, and statistical information on capacity will be available shortly.