HC Deb 09 November 2000 vol 356 c389W
Mr. Campbell-Savours

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Wirral, South (Mr. Chapman) of 1 November 2000,Official Report, columns 472–73W, if he will make a further statement on the Chardon LL Hearing. [138193]

Ms Quin

In agreement with Agriculture Ministers in the devolved Administrations, we have asked Mr. Alun Alesbury—the person appointed to conduct the Hearing—to consider adjourning the Chardon LL Hearing until further notice pending further consideration of the testing system used by France to establish distinctness, uniformity and stability.

Details of the French testing system were given in the MAFF press notice of 31 October. Other member states in the EU also rely on French data, and the views of the Commission on the status of the French procedures are being sought.

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