§ Miss McIntosh
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when the proposed ban on pigswill comes into effect; and how the pigswill will then be disposed of. 
§ Ms Quin
[holding answer 2 April 2001]: The consultation period on the proposed ban on the use of pigswill ends on 10 April. Our intention is for an order to be made as soon as possible thereafter and for the ban to come into force 3 to 4 weeks later. The disposal of the material formerly used to produce pigswill will then be subject to the requirements of the duty of care under section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and must be disposed of only by an "authorised person" (eg the operator of a licensed landfill site or an authorised incinerator).