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Welsh poised to lift beef-on-the-bone ban

12 May 1999
Welsh poised to lift beef-on-the-bone ban

WALES could lift the controversial beef-on-the-bone ban at the first sitting of the newly elected Welsh assembly in July …more…


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Welsh poised to lift beef-on-the-bone ban

12 May 1999
Welsh poised to lift beef-on-the-bone ban

WALES could lift the controversial beef-on-the-bone ban at the first sitting of the newly elected Welsh assembly in July.

Newly-elected Tories, Liberal Democrats and Welsh Nationalists are preparing to defeat the minority Labour administration over the issue.

The action could lead to the ending of the ban throughout Britain: some observers say a decision in Wales would make a ban in the rest of the UK unworkable.

Agriculture minister Nick Brown had hoped to lift the ban for the whole of the UK last Christmas.

But he was thwarted by a warning from government scientists about the health risks of doing so.

Dafydd Wigley, the leader of the Welsh Nationalists, says in a report in The Times that ending the beef ban is “very much a runner”.

But Alun Michael, the new First Secretary of Wales, urged the assembly not to lift the ban while research is still being conducted.

  • Meanwhile, pressure is mounting for the ban to be lifted in Scotland, reports The Herald.

    George Skinner, president of the Royal Northern Agricultural Society, said lifting the ban would demonstrate the Scotlands confidence in its own beef.

    Mr Skinner believes rescinding the ban will revitalise not only the beef industry but also the Scottish economy.

    But is in favour of maintaining a ban against imports of hormone-treated beef on the grounds that consumers dont want to eat it.

    • The Times 12/05/02/99 page 1
    • Financial Times 12/05/99 page 10, page 25 (Observer)
    • The Guardian 12/05/99 page 16, page 4 (Society)
    • The Herald 12/05/99 page 6
    • The Herald 12/05/99 page 28

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