§ Sir Teddy Taylor
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if she will take steps to ban the import of pork and pork products from Germany in view of the outbreak of swine fever in German pig herds; and if she will make a statement.
§ Mr. Soames
Community rules to control classical swine fever and prevent the risk of spread of the disease via exports are already in place. Responsibility for enforcing those rules lies with the member state of origin. The situation in Germany, including any need for additional measures, is kept under close review by the EC standing veterinary committee. I shall myself continue to monitor the matter to ensure the disease does not spread to this country.