I propose to take Questions Nos. 13 and 42 together.
I have seen the article referred to and I am also aware that the United Kingdom is challenging the EC ban on the use of hormones. This does not, however, affect the current validity of the relevant EC directive.
The EC ban comes into effect on 1 January 1988. From that date intra-Community trade in implanted livestock and meat derived from such animals will be prohibited. In view of the beef production pattern in this country and the vital necessity to maintain export outlets for our cattle and beef, the use of hormones for growth promotion purposes must now be prohibited so that we can comply with the EC deadline. I propose to introduce the prohibition on a phased basis. The administration of growth promoters to calves will be prohibited shortly and the ban extended to adult cattle at a later date.