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Orders of the Day — BSE Crisis

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:31 pm on 17th February 1997.

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Photo of Gavin Strang Gavin Strang , Edinburgh East 3:31 pm, 17th February 1997

I am taking a bit of time to nail a particular misrepresentation. Most hon. Members who follow the issue know that it is quite wrong. The position is quite clear. Our position is that, if all the controls are being implemented, our beef and beef products are as safe as if not safer than those in any other country in the European Union. That is why the whole beef ban is unjustified and should be lifted. That surely cannot be clearer.

I turn from the origin of the over-30-months scheme. The House should remember that, on 29 April—