Foot and Mouth Disease

Part of Opposition Day – in the House of Commons at 3:41 pm on 21st March 2001.

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Photo of Gavin Strang Gavin Strang Labour, Edinburgh East and Musselburgh 3:41 pm, 21st March 2001

The Conservative party has had five weeks to propose the swifter and more effective policies described in the Opposition motion. I scoured the records this morning and could find no trace of any such policies from the Conservative party. Will the hon. Gentleman acknowledge that my right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food has introduced the policies, including the pre-emptive slaughter policy, to deal with the crisis? Are not the Opposition jumping on the back of a national crisis to make political capital? [Interruption.]