HC Deb 24 April 1975 vol 890 cc372-3W
19. Mr. Pardoe

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement about his negotiations with the French Government designed to facilitate the export of British poultry and poultry products to France.

Mr. Bishop

As I told the House on 16th and 17th April—[Vol. 890, c. 585; c. 652]—I have now received the agreement of the manufacturers of arsenical feed additives to ban the use of arsenical compounds in the feeding and rearing of poultry used for commercial egg production. The feeding stuffs trade has been consulted and accepts the ban. The licences issued by my Department have been altered so that this use is no longer lawful. I have informed the French Government of this and the necessary formalities in French law have been put in hand.