§ 24. Mr. Congdon
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on his proposed timetable and procedure for the removal of the EU beef ban. 
§ Mrs. Browning
We have already succeeded in removing any restrictions on the export of semen and on agreeing conditions for the export of gelatin and tallow. This is an important first step.
Our policy on the next steps is to agree a framework which sets out clear and agreed conditions which have to be met to lift elements of the export ban and indicates the dates by which we expect to meet these criteria. Negotiations with our Community partners on this are proceeding and I will keep the House informed of progress.