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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-21076: Gail Ross (Caithness, Sutherland and Ross)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 17 January 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to better understand the role that mobile abattoirs could play in the rural economy and constituencies such Caithness, Sutherland and Ross.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 18 January 2019

The Scottish Government recognises the importance local slaughter provisions can play in the red meat sector. As such on the 16 January we invited applications through our Contract Research Fund Project to bid for a research project that will look to assess the viability and sustainability options of mobile abattoirs in Scotland. The closing date for tenders is noon on 12 February 2019.

We envisage that the project will start in March and complete in the Autumn and will look to provide detailed analysis of all aspects that would be required to operate mobile abattoirs in Scotland. This will include reviewing business models in other countries, costs involved and the regulatory environment and will be used to determine their potential use in Scotland.