§ Mr. Ron Davies
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what steps he has taken to indicate to other countries the dangers inherent in using meat and some meal of United Kingdom origin in animal foodstuffs; and if he will indicate when such steps were taken.
§ Mr. Maclean
Comprehensive information about bovine spongiform encephalopathy, including the probable role of meat and bone-meal in its development, has been provided to the EC Commission and member states on a regular basis since the disease was first identified. Similar information has been passed to the Office International des Epizooties (OIE) for dissemination to third countries. Inquiries received from individual countries are answered as they arise.