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Mr. Tony Lloyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the future for the (a) Kalahari game reserve and (b) Kalahari bushmen living in the reserve. 
Mr. Hanley: The future of the central Kalahari game reserve is secure. The Botswana Government have made it clear that the bushmen who live in the reserve may continue to do so if they wish and that there is no intention of forcing any of them to move from the reserve.
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Mr. Baldry [holding answer 9 July 1996]: Following consultation between the Intervention Board and representatives of the abattoirs and renderers a list of approved abattoirs for the purposes of the over 30-month slaughter scheme was drawn up on the basis of a number of clearly specified criteria. These were a traditional large scale trade in cows and heavy steers; logistical considerations such as geographical spread; proximity to renderers; a commitment to accepting casualty animals; a commitment to be able to process at least 100 animals a day on days specified for participation; and that they were currently operating and with EC approved status.
Mr. Pickthall: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what representations he has received from abattoirs prepared to undertake the slaughter of beasts for less than £107.50 per head. 
Mr. Baldry [holding answer 9 July 1996]: We have received a number of representations from abattoirs seeking to participate in the over 30-month slaughter scheme on the basis of a lower fee than the £87.50 provisional rate per animal currently being paid to approved abattoirs up to 16 June.
Mr. Spearing: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food with reference to paragraph 8 of S.I. 1242 concerning decommissioning of fishing vessels, if he had the option, under article 8 of European Council Regulation 3699/93, of including permanent transfer of a fishing vessel to a third country or permanent re-assignment for purposes other than fishing in waters of the European Community. 
Mr. Baldry: In the light of experience of decommissioning schemes implemented before 1993 and of the need to protect public funds, United Kingdom Fisheries Ministers decided not to pursue the option available under article 8 of Council regulation EC No. 3699/93 of allowing vessels to be permanently transferred to a third country or permanently reassigned for uses other than fishing in Community waters.
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Mr. Douglas Hogg: My right hon. Friends the Secretaries of State for Scotland and for Wales and I have set the following targets for the Meat Hygiene Service in 1996-97. These take account of the recent expansion of the duties of the Meat Hygiene Service in relation to BSE.
Mr. Baldry [pursuant to the reply 4 July 1996, column 522]: According to the census carried out in June 1995, there were 4.7 million cattle in the dairy herd and nearly 7 million cattle in the beef herd. The farm gate value of the total United Kingdom beef production for 1995 was £2.8 billion. It is difficult to estimate the market value of a cow in milk production, which ranges between £500 and £800 for a non-pedigree animal. At a rough estimate, the UK dairy herd is worth around £4 billion.