Tuesday, 19 October 2004

Questions (291)

Martin Ferris

Question:

431 Mr. Ferris asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food if the Government will request the European Commission to treat the Six Counties as a separate case in regard to the ban on UK beef. [25365/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Agriculture and Food)

This issue has been discussed on a number of occasions and at various levels with the British and Northern Ireland authorities, including at ministerial level. Efforts to have the remaining elements of the EU-wide ban rescinded are continuing but how this should be pursued is a matter for the UK authorities.