Clause 33 — Extent

Part of Bill Presented — Sustainability of Livestock Farming and Food Production (Strategy) – in the House of Commons at 6:30 pm on 23rd March 2010.

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Photo of Chris Bryant Chris Bryant Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Europe) 6:30 pm, 23rd March 2010

I will do my best. We want to make sure that all the overseas territories are fully compliant with the convention as swiftly as possible. There are two complicating elements in that. First, each of the overseas territories has its own constitution and its own legal set-up. Consequently, when we introduce the convention in each of those countries, we have to take cognisance of that. That is why, although there is very little difference in practice between "shall" and "may", I would prefer to stick with "may" because "shall" implies that the overseas territories themselves will have no say in the way in which implementation is brought forward. That is the only difference between us on that issue.

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