§ Mr. Swinney
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the occasions on which the Under-Secretary with responsibility for agriculture has(a) attended and (b) spoken at meetings of the European Council of Ministers regarding the ban of the export of beef from Scotland. 
§ Mr. Macdonald
[holding answer 19 December 1997]: My noble Friend the Minister for Agriculture, the Environment and Fisheries in Scotland has attended two Agriculture Councils. He has not spoken on the subject of the ban on the export of beef from Scotland as this did not feature on the agenda for either meeting.