Antibiotics (Intensive Farms)

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 4:42 pm on 9th January 2013.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion 4:42 pm, 9th January 2013

I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on securing this important debate. In the light of the very real health risks and the strong words from a former chief medical officer, as the hon. Gentleman has said, about the unnecessary use of antibiotics being nothing less than

“a death warrant for a future patient”,

does he agree that we need a legally binding timetable for the phased ending of all routine, prophylactic, non-therapeutic use of antibiotics in animals?