Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy

Part of Schedule 38 – in the House of Commons at 6:22 pm on 28th March 1996.

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Photo of Douglas Hogg Douglas Hogg Secretary of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food 6:22 pm, 28th March 1996

If the hon. Gentleman will forgive me, I will not respond, because I am about to tackle that issue and related ones.

It is clear that consumer confidence has been damaged and that has led to a collapse in the market. The difficulties have been aggravated by the European Union ban imposed on British exports of beef and beef products, which we believe to be unjustified on the facts, in logic and to have no sound basis in law.