HC Deb 15 December 1997 vol 303 c105

10.1 pm

Mr. William Cash (Stone)

It is my great privilege to present a petition from the National Federation of Meat and Food Traders and members of its executive council on behalf of its retail butcher members throughout England and Wales. It has no fewer than 107,000 signatures, all of which have been collected in the past three days. It is signed on behalf of the federation by Mr. Fuller, the director, Mr. Wakelin, the president, and by Mr. Tyler, Mr. Curtis and Mr. Cockburn, members of the executive council.

The petition states: The National Federation of Meat and Food Traders object to the Government's intended ban on the sale of beef on the bone. The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to revert to the alternative recommendation of the Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee; that the Government should provide the Committee's research findings to the public, so that the public can decide what precautions to take. And your Petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray.

To lie upon the Table.

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