Northern Ireland written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Margaret Ritchie Margaret Ritchie Shadow SDLP Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), Shadow SDLP Spokesperson (Energy and Climate Change)

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions he has had with the Northern Ireland Executive regarding the moratorium on the use of desinewed meat; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Owen Paterson Owen Paterson The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

Neither I, nor the Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office, my right hon. Friend Mr Swire, have had any discussions on this subject with Northern Ireland Executive Ministers. My right hon. Friend met the Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development on 18 June to discuss agriculture issues but the matter was not raised by the DARD Minister.

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