HC Deb 19 February 1990 vol 167 c580W
Mr. Pawsey

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what assessment he has made of the level of redundancies or lay-offs in the meat industry following the decision of the West German Government to ban meat imports from the United Kingdom.

Mr. Maclean

The German authorities have not banned imports of meat from the United Kingdom, but have imposed additional certification requirements for beef. I understand that these requirements do not now apply to boneless beef and that trade in bone-in beef is continuing. Thus the impact on our total meat export trade is only limited. Moreover, in 1989 our beef exports to Germany represented only about 1 per cent. of our total beef production.