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Exported Potatoes (Health Certificate)

Volume 721: debated on Monday 22 November 1965

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will take steps to bring the health certificate issued by his Department in respect of potatoes exported from Scotland into line with that issued by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in respect of potatoes exported from England.

There is no difference between the Scottish and English certificates in respect of plant health standards, but the wording differs slightly in the provision disclaiming financial liability. This has caused no difficulty in the past, but recently gave rise to a misunderstanding in one country which hitherto had regularly accepted the certificate. A small change is being made in the wording of the Scottish provision which will in effect bring the Scottish and English provisions into line.