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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

(1) what recent discussions he has had with the European Commission on the moratorium on the use of desinewed meat; and if he will make a statement;

(2) what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for (a) Health and (b) Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the unilateral nature of the ban on desinewed ruminant meat products in April 2012; and if he will make a statement.

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

These are matters primarily for the Secretary of State for Health, my right hon. Friend Mr Lansley, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, my right hon. Friend Mrs Spelman, and in Northern Ireland for the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety and the Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development.

I have not been asked by Northern Ireland Ministers to discuss the issue with ministerial colleagues or the European Commission but I stand ready to do so if asked.

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