Part of Opposition Day – in the House of Commons at 8:41 pm on 25th June 1996.

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Photo of Mr Nirj Deva Mr Nirj Deva , Brentford and Isleworth 8:41 pm, 25th June 1996

Is my hon. Friend aware that there are various countries that would like to import British beef? However, on the basis of a treaty agreement on what is known as the deflection of trade—if one exports to a third country and it comes back into the Community—the Community has banned the export of British beef. If we can prove that the beef is consumed in the third country, I see no reason why it should not be exported.