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Written Answers

Volume 387: debated on Thursday 24 November 1977

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Written Answers

Vegetables And Flowers Return

What is now the total cost of distributing and processing the return headed Vegetables for Human Consumption and Flowers Return for 12 October 1977; down to what size of holding is it the Government's policy to insist on submission of a return by the owner; and what public purpose is served by the whole exercise.

It is not possible to separate the costs of distributing and processing the October vegetables and flowers return from the costs of administering all other agricultural censuses, details of which were given in reply to a Question by the noble Lord on 14th March 1977. Only occupiers reporting at least 1·5 hectares of early potatoes or 0·5 hectares of vegetables on recent June census forms are required to complete the October return. The later inquiry is necessary to supplement the data collected in June, when not all of the vegetable and flower crops have been planted. Without it information about the horticultural industry would be seriously incomplete and decisions affecting the industry would be based on a measure of guesswork rather than on ascertainable facts.

Horsemeat Exports To Eec Countries

asked Her Majesty's Government:What amount of horsemeat, in weight or in the number of carcases, is being exported to EEC countries from slaughterings at the four licensed slaughterhouses (Bristol, Crawley, Huddersfield and Norwich), and at what rate these exports are rising.

The four slaughterhouses referred to are the only ones in the United Kingdom approved to slaughter horses, the meat of which is intended for intra-Community trade. Exports of horsemeat from the United Kingdom to EEC countries have been as follows:

These figures may include some reexports.

Uk Passport Holders In The Eec

asked Her Majesty's Government:How many holders of United Kingdom and Colonies passports over the age of 18 are now resident in each of the eight other Member States of the European Community.

This information is not readily available to Her Majesty's Government since citizens of the United Kingdom and Colonies resident in other EEC countries are not asked to register at British Embassies. We are, however, trying to obtain estimated figures and I shall write to the noble Baroness as soon as possible.House adjourned at ten minutes before six o'clock.