HC Deb 17 March 1998 vol 308 c569W
25. Mr. Paterson

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received from Scottish beef producers on imports from overseas. [33179]

Mr. Macdonald

Importing beef from overseas has been discussed at the various meetings which my right hon. Friend and my noble Friend the Minister for Agriculture, Environment and Fisheries have had recently with representatives of the Scottish beef industry to discuss the difficulties affecting this important sector of Scottish agriculture.