§ Miss Lestor
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if Her Majesty's Government propose to support European directive iii/3712/90/EN revision 3 on infant formulae and follow-up foods; and what are its implications for labelling of such foods.
§ Mr. Maclean
The Government have been pressing, and will continue to do so, for amendments to the text of the draft directive to align it more closely with the World Health Organisation international code on the marketing of breast milk substitutes. Nevertheless, mindful of the important compositional, nutritional, health and safety controls in the draft we do not rule out a United Kingdom vote in favour of the directive. If adopted, for the first time there will be specific labelling controls laid down in law for infant formulae and follow-on formulae.