To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many working abattoirs there were in (a) 1980, (b) 1985, (c) 1990, (d) 1995 and (e) 2000; how many there are now; and if she will make a statement. 
The numbers of red meat abattoirs in Great Britain for the five-year intervals from 1980 until 2000 were as follows:
|Red meat abbatoirs|
The Meat and Livestock Commission.
In 2002–03 there were 320 red meat abattoirs in Great Britain.