§ Mr. Coaker
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he is taking to ensure his European Union partners renegotiate WTO rules in respect of animal welfare; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Caborn
The UK fully supports the EU approach, as set out in the conclusions of the General Affairs Council on 25 October 1999, that commits the EU to take forward the issue of farm animal welfare in WTO negotiations. The UK and EU will press for this objective in the work of the WTO, including the agriculture negotiations which have started this year.