The Executive has agreed to begin a managed transition from the over-30-months rule to a testing regime. However, the rule will not be changed until a robust testing regime, which satisfies the Food Standards Agency, has been put in place and we have considered the outcome of a further public information and consultation exercise. The cessation of the over-30-months scheme and the format of any successor scheme will be discussed with key stakeholders during the next few months.
I hope to address the matter perhaps even before we get to the final stages of the approval of the testing scheme, but certainly when the scheme has been put in place and we know what we are talking about. At that point, I will not hesitate to take up with the relevant commissioner in Brussels the need to discuss how we unwind the date-based export scheme with a view to ensuring that, as soon as possible after we have lifted the over-30-months ban, we can proceed quickly to lift the export ban.