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Part of Opposition Day – in the House of Commons at 4:55 pm on 25th June 1996.

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Photo of Matthew Taylor Matthew Taylor Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Environment) 4:55 pm, 25th June 1996

The situation surrounding the 30-month scheme is dire in the south-west—I have no reason to believe that that is not the case elsewhere. Farmers in Devon and Cornwall are unable to get cattle slaughtered, and the numbers are piling up because of a lack of capacity—even though there is capacity in areas that do not need it. That must be sorted out.

Will my hon. Friend comment on the fact that the allocation of numbers appears to cater to big business interests—the big abattoirs and the big renderers—and bears little relation to the needs on the ground or to the long-term future of the industry? There appears to be an attempt to close many of the independent abattoirs.