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Orders of the Day — BSE Crisis

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:59 pm on 17th February 1997.

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Photo of Mr David Shaw Mr David Shaw , Dover 3:59 pm, 17th February 1997

I am grateful to my right hon. and learned Friend for giving way, as the hon. Member for Edinburgh, East (Dr. Strang) refused to do so. Does my right hon. and learned Friend believe that the press release that the hon. Gentleman issued on 22 March 1996 has been properly accounted for? It is interesting to note that the Labour party director who issued the press release has since resigned from her job—perhaps because she was so embarrassed about that Labour press release, which did so much damage to the British beef industry and set in train our problems with Europe. Is it not a fact that Labour is to blame for much of the £3 billion spent on the problem?