Cattle and Sheep (Exports)

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th December 1972.

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Photo of Sir John Gilmour Sir John Gilmour , Fife East 12:00 am, 13th December 1972

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many live cattle and sheep have been exported from Scottish ports in each month of this year; and what number was exported for slaughter in this total.

Photo of Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith , North Angus and Mearns

Up to the end of November a total of 7, 971 cattle had been exported by sea, all for immediate slaughter. With permission, I will circulate the monthly figures in the OFFICIAL REPORT. In addition a total of 203 cattle and 12 sheep were exported by air for breeding purposes.

Photo of Sir John Gilmour Sir John Gilmour , Fife East

Does my hon. Friend agree that in the interests of our economy, of efficiency and of animal welfare it would be much better to aim at the exporting of cattle as carcases and not as live animals?

Photo of Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith , North Angus and Mearns

I agree that there is certainly scope for the export of carcases. At the same time my hon. Friend must realise that we are careful about the welfare aspects and we export animals only to those countries which have given the Balfour Assurances.

Following are the figures:

EXPORTS OF LIVE CATTLE FROM SCOTTISH PORTS IN 1972 FOR SLAUGHTER
Monthly Total
January83
February49
March214
April1,966
May2,098
June1,967
July482
August230
September172
October386
November324