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Volume 177: debated on Monday 23 July 1990

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will place in the Library a list of abattoirs in the United Kingdom, indicating which are European Community approved and which have had their European Community licences suspended.

I am placing in the Library of the House a current list of the abattoirs in England and Wales which identifies those which are export approved. Seven of the export-approved abattoirs are temporarily suspended from engaging in intra-Community trade. Suspension is applied for a short period while attention is given to some structural or operational requirements, and it would not be appropriate to identify those plants which may be suspended at any one time.The Secretaries of State for Scotland and Northern Ireland have responsibility for abattoirs in those parts of the United Kingdom.