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Business statement

Leader of the House Jane Hutt AM said that there would be no statement from the business minister on Vion at a "sensitive commercial time" for the company, who are reportedly selling their abbattoirs in Wales.

Members from several parties were disappointed not to be given the chance to ask an urgent question on the matter on 20 November 2012.

More than 3300 workers employed by a Dutch food group in north and south Wales face an uncertain future amid news it plans to sell its UK sites.

The Dutch company Vion runs abattoirs and processing plants at Merthyr Tydfil, Flintshire, Anglesey and Wrexham.

"Will you make time for an urgent statement on Vion?" asked Brecon and Radnorshire AM Kirsty Williams.

"Not only are there significant amount of jobs involved, this is of huge concern to the red meat industry and the ability to process red and white meat in Wales.

"I note that the Scottish government have put out an extensive response to how they will respond.

"I am sure my constituents would appreciate a similar response from the Welsh government."

South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies and his Conservative colleague in north Wales Antoinette Sandbach also raised concerns at the lack of response from the Welsh government.

The minister claimed that potential job losses were "speculative" at present.

"It's not about closing facilities, it's about selling their sites.

"It is a very sensitive commercial time for the business as members will be aware.

"The minister is clearly engaged through her officials on this point."

She said she could assure members the government was doing all it can "to achieve the best possible outcome for all sites in Wales."

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