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Orders of the Day — BSE Crisis

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:44 pm on 17th February 1997.

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Photo of Mr Tony Marlow Mr Tony Marlow , Northampton North 6:44 pm, 17th February 1997

It is in defiance not just of the science but of European law. That is the problem. European law says that a ban can be placed on British beef or any other British foodstuff if it is a severe hazard to human health. British beef under 30 months with the spinal column removed is not a severe hazard to human health, so the law says that it should not be banned, but political imperatives have superimposed themselves on the whole system of European justice. There is no system of European justice. That is the problem with which we are confronted.