§ Mr. Ron Davies
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when he intends to announce exemptions from the 30-month ban in respect of specialist beef cattle. 
§ Mr. Hague
Comments from interested organisations were invited on 3 May on a proposal to establish a voluntary mature beef assurance scheme, which would allow cattle aged over 30 months from specialist beef herds which met the scheme's conditions to be sold for human consumption. Comments are being considered, and the next steps will be announced as soon as possible.