HC Deb 27 October 1998 vol 318 c155W
Mr. Yeo

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food on which day he wrote to the Ministry of Defence to ask it to look at the sources from which they buy pork and other pig meat products. [56364]

Mr. Nick Brown

[holding answer 26 October 1998]: Immediately following my attendance at the Adjournment Debate on the pig industry in the House on 29 July 1998, Official Report, columns 346–354, I spoke to colleagues at the Ministry of Defence about their sourcing policies. Inter-departmental discussions at Ministerial and official level followed over the summer, culminating in my writing to my right hon. Friend the Minister for Defence Procurement on 23 September to confirm arrangements for the sourcing for the Armed Forces of pork and other pigmeat products.