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Volume 82: debated on Monday 1 July 1985

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will have discussions with the pig industry to seek to produce a social cost-benefit analysis for the pig industry to assist future planning of the industry.

I doubt whether it would be possible to produce a meaningful social cost-benefit analysis for the pig industry. But we are in constant touch with associations representing pig farmers and processors about future developments in the pig industry in general and about such matters as production, structure, income and costs, animal health and welfare, the environment, pollution, processing, hygiene and trade in particular.