01 June 1998
Forces to be fed British beef
By Boyd Champness
GEORGE Robertson, minister of defence, is expected to announce in the House of Commons today (Monday) that British forces will be allowed to eat British beef while at sea.
Mr Roberston is expected to say that the Government has secured an agreement with the European Commission, allowing it to use British beef on naval ships. The agreement will not extent to overseas bases.
Because of the two-year-old global ban on British beef, the Ministry of Defence has been forced to source 70% of its beef from other suppliers such as Australia, New Zealand and South America.
An industry source confirmed that Mr Roberston is going to make his statement in the Commons today. It is understood that 1000 tonnes of British beef will be initially taken out of cold store intervention to be used on British ships.