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Volume 264: debated on Tuesday 24 October 1995

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list the number of abattoirs in the UK by convenient capacity categories for each of the last 15 years. [38445]

[holding answer 20 October 1995]: The Department does not hold figures on the individual or total capacity of slaughterhouses in Great Britain and has no plans to collect this information centrally. The Meat and Livestock Commission's annual publication entitled "The Abattoir Industry in Great Britain"—available from the MLC—ISBN 0904650.33.2—contains information on the numbers of British abattoirs for the period requested, and discusses the changes in capacity that have occurred since 1982.