§ Mr. Molyneaux
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he will now make a further statement on the arrangements for safeguarding the animal and plant health standards of Northern Ireland on entry into the European Economic Community.
§ Mr. Anthony Stodart
Northern Ireland will benefit from the animal health arrangements for the United Kingdom announced by my right hon. and learned Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on 13th December. In addition, Northern Ireland will be able, like the Irish Republic and Norway, to continue its present restrictions on imports of fresh meat for five years. This provision will be subject to the general review referred to by my right hon. and learned Friend. There is no Community legislation which would reduce the plant health standards of Northern Ireland.—[Vol. 828, c. 53–4]