HC Deb 06 March 1995 vol 256 c36W
Mr. Morley

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he will support changing the status of animals from goods and products to sentient creatures at the inter-governmental conference in 1996; and if he will make a statement.

Mrs. Browning

[holding answer 3 March 1995]: The Government secured a declaration, attached to the Maastricht treaty, concerning the need to take full account of animal welfare in agricultural and other policies.

The Government are considering a number of issues and options in preparation for the 1996 inter-governmental conference.