§ Jackie Ballard
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on the purchase of British beef and lamb in(a) 1996–97, (b) 1997–98 and (c) 1998–99 to date. 
§ Mr. Spellar
I refer the hon. Member to the reply given in the House today,Official Report, columns 541–42, by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence to my hon. Friend the Member for Stafford (Mr. Kidney).