HC Deb 08 May 1986 vol 97 cc224-5W
Mr. Teddy Taylor

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will seek to establish from the EEC Commission why the ban on imports of fruit, vegetables, meat and other agricultural produce from most Eastern bloc countries was not applied to East Germany; and if he will make a statement.

Mrs. Chalker

The EC Commission has proposed that a temporary ban on the import of certain foodstuffs should apply to those countries falling within an approximate radius of 1000 km of Chernobyl, namely the USSR. Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Romania and Yugoslavia. The measure is not aimed against nor designed to exempt any particular country or region. It is a short term precautionary measure which would, if agreed, run until 31 May, subject to review both as regards country and product coverage in the light of the latest available scientific evidence.

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