§ 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.