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Part of Opposition Day – in the House of Commons at 5:29 pm on 25th June 1996.

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Photo of Mr Nicholas Budgen Mr Nicholas Budgen , Wolverhampton South West 5:29 pm, 25th June 1996

The hon. Member for Workington mentioned the correct way to deal with specified bovine offal. Will my hon. Friend confirm that there was no suspicion in 1994 that transmission might occur between cows and humans? If all the small abattoir owners had been chased ruthlessly and dictatorially by the Government, there would have been an enormous public outcry against the heavy hand of the Government. It is only now, with the benefit of hindsight, that we can see that some improvements can be made in the way in which abattoirs operate.