§ Mr. Harry Barnes
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he has any plans to introduce a ban on the import of pâtè de foie grass,; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Donald Thompson
My Department has no plans to impose a ban on the import of pâtè de foie gras as I am advised that such a step would contravene the treaty of Rome. In any case, it is for individuals to decide whether or not to buy or consume foie gras.