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Factory Farming

Volume 175: debated on Thursday 28 June 1990

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what proposals he has to further regulate factory farming.

I have just laid before this House for approval regulations that will apply to all farm animals. These regulations will implement recommendations by the Farm Animal Welfare Council and include measures to improve compliance with the welfare codes, to make certain provisions in the codes mandatory, and to require ventilation systems in intensive units to have alarms and back-up systems in the event of a failure.I am continuing to press in the European Community for harmonisation of welfare standards at the highest possible level for all farm livestock species.