Meat Hygiene Service (Report)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:32 pm on 6th March 1997.

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Photo of Alex Salmond Alex Salmond Leader, Scottish National Party 3:32 pm, 6th March 1997

Does the Minister accept that Professor Hugh Pennington is not just an eminent scientist, but a truthful and mild-mannered man? He told me this morning that he had no knowledge of the report, had not seen it and was extremely angry about it. Does the Minister not think that the House should believe him? Does he not find it incredible, against the background of 20 fatalities in Scotland, that no civil servant from MAFF or the Scottish Office thought to provide the report to Hugh Pennington? Is that not a comment on the atmosphere of secrecy over which the Government and all ministerial teams preside?