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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
(1) what timetable she has set for the lifting of (a) the over-30-month scheme and (b) the export ban on British beef;
(2) when she expects the over-30-month scheme to end.
Defra will consult the industry and the EU Commission on the shape and duration of a successor to the OTMS, which will be required to dispose of cattle born before
Any changes in the domestic over-30-month (OTM) rule and the over-30-month scheme (OTMS) are unlikely to come into effect until the latter half of 2005. Changes in export restrictions are not expected to come into effect until late 2005.