26 May 1995

Sub-standard meat imports ban dismissed

BRITAIN should impose a unilateral ban on sub-standard meat imports rather than contemplate banning its own live exports on welfare grounds.

The move was urged by Liberal Democrat farm spokesman Paul Tyler in a Commons adjournment debate on Tuesday. "The stark lesson is irrefutable. Boycotting ones own exports is unlikely to cause ones competitors anything more than bemused entertainment," he said.

"An entirely legal boycott of their sub-standard products exported to our country is far more likely to produce real economic results. Demonstrating for that purpose may have less emotional appeal, but it would have far more practical effect."

But the suggestion was dismissed by junior farm minister Angela Browning. She pointed out that selective import restrictions of the sort he proposed were not legal in the EU single market. &#42