HC Deb 11 November 1999 vol 337 c839W
Mr. Paul Marsden

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what steps he is taking to ensure the German ban on British beef is lifted quickly; and if he will make a statement. [97792]

Ms Quin

My right hon. Friend the Minister has been assured by the German Health Minister that the German Government are taking the necessary legal steps to lift the ban via the appropriate constitutional procedures which involve discussions with the Länder whose agreement is needed to lift the ban. The recent Scientific Steering Committee Opinion should make it clear to the Länder that British beef exports are safe.

Dates Location Minister US counterpart
18–19 May Washington Foreign Secretary William Cohen, Secretary of Defense
Madeleine Albright, Secretary of State
Strobe Talbott, Deputy Secretary of State
Sandy Berger, Deputy National Security Adviser
21–22 July Washington Mr. Lloyd John Shattuck, Assistant Secretary for Human Rights, State Department
Ted McNamara, Assistant Secretary for Pol-Mil Affairs, State Department
Tom Pickering, Under Secretary for Political Affairs, State Department
John Kornblum, Assistant Secretary for European Affairs, State Department
Mac McLarty, Special Envoy to the President for the Americas
Tim Wirth, Under Secretary for Global Affairs, State Department
John Holum, Director for Arms Control and Disarmament Agency
25–16 November Washington Mr. Fatchett Martin Indyk, Assistant Secretary for Near East Affairs, State Department
Dennis Ross, Special Mid East Envoy, State Department

I also met Mrs. Albright on a number of other 10/5/2549occasions in the UK and in the margins of international meetings, and received her as my guest at Chevening on 27 December. I also had bilateral meetings with Mrs. Albright during the G8 Summit in Denver in June 1997 and at the UN General Assembly in New York in September 1997.Unfortunately, the information the hon. Member requires on meetings which have taken place in the UK and third countries is not held centrally, and to obtain it would incur disproportionate costs.

Mr. Matthew Taylor

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many times.