HC Deb 04 June 1998 vol 313 cc493-4
8. Mr. Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury)

If he will review the ban on the sale of beef on the bone. [42729]

The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Dr. John Cunningham)

The Beef Bones Regulations 1997 are being kept under review, as is the case with all BSE-related control measures. Any future decision will be taken in the light of scientific developments and progress with the eradication of BSE.

Mr. Robertson

Does the Minister not think it rather odd that in Northern Ireland beef can now be exported, but beef on the bone cannot be eaten?

Dr. Cunningham

It is not odd at all because it cannot be exported on the bone.

Mr. Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow)

Could there be a generous word to mine host at Carfraemill and the sheriff who so dramatically acquitted him?

Dr. Cunningham

Since the case to which my hon. Friend refers is sub judice and the subject of an appeal, I shall not comment one way or the other.

Mrs. Jacqui Lait (Beckenham)

If, however, the law is found to be defective in Scotland, can the Minister guarantee that any English prosecutions will be withdrawn?

Dr. Cunningham

No, because the law in Scotland does not affect the law in England, and this case has no relevance to England.