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Orders of the Day — BSE Crisis

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:35 pm on 17th February 1997.

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Photo of Mr Tony Marlow Mr Tony Marlow , Northampton North 6:35 pm, 17th February 1997

One thing that is baffling and mystifying to a layman like me is why there seems to be so much more BSE in Northern Ireland than in the Republic of Ireland. To follow the hon. Gentleman's point, if there is the occasional case of BSE in Northern Ireland in the future, will there not also be the occasional case in the Republic of Ireland in the future? If beef from the Republic of Ireland is allowed to go anywhere in Europe, why should not Northern Ireland beef also do so?