§ Mr. Hanson
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what evaluation he is undertaking of the beef labelling scheme. 
§ Mr. Rooker
No evaluation of the beef labelling scheme can yet be undertaken, because of the European Commission's decision further to delay the scheme's full entry into force until 1 July. Nevertheless, some 11,000 beef outlets in the UK have already received approval for the detailed labelling information they supply, having 247W applied voluntarily since the scheme's launch last October. I expect more to receive approval before the scheme takes full effect.