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Swine Swill Farms

Volume 177: debated on Monday 23 July 1990

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Southwark and Bermondsey of 5 July, Official Report column 688, how many swine swill farms were visited last year; what was the total number of visits conducted by the State Veterinary Service; on how many occasions (a) prosecution was recommended, (b) prosecution followed and (c) conviction followed; and what was the fine or other penalty in each case.

In 1989, a total of 330 swill premises in Great Britain were visited and 1,453 visits were made, in total. Prosecution was recommended to the local authority on eight occasions and actual prosecutions followed in four cases. All four prosecutions were successful. Penalties were as follows: £500, £250, £250 and £300. In each case the defendant was also required to pay costs.