24 May 1996

IMTAs export warning

THE International Meat Trade Association has warned that unless the government takes immediate steps to protect the export industry, it would challenge MAFF in the courts.

It accused the government of being discriminatory and negligent in the financial assistance offered to the industry.

Launching a poster criticising the government, Martin Richardson of IMTA, said: "Lifting the ban alone will not save the exporters. If an important industry and many jobs are to be saved, financial support is required now."

Jenny Burt, chairman of IMTAs export committee, added: "The failure to include the export sector in MAFFs financial support package is unfair, immoral, and we believe it to be illegal. The Conservative Party claims to be the party of small businesses – yet they are doing nothing to save this important industry."