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Sale Of Pigs

Volume 129: debated on Thursday 10 March 1988

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if, following his discussions with the hon. Member for Uxbridge and swill pig feeders from Harefield, he has yet reached a decision on the introduction of cheque book licences for the sale of pigs by reputable breeders; and if he will make a statement.

My officials are currently reviewing the legislation which governs the movement of pigs within Great Britain. One possibility under consideration is a relaxation of the requirements for movements of swill-fed pigs to slaughterhouses to be licensed.