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New Clause 5

Volume 22: debated on Friday 23 April 1982

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Application To Northern Ireland

`(1) Paragraph 1(b) of Schedule 10 to the principal Act shall have effect as if the enactments listed in it included section 106A.

(2) In the Table in paragraph 2 of that Schedule the fourth paragraph of the entry relating to section 123(1) is hereby repealed.'— [Mr. Norman Akinson.]

Brought up, and read the First time.

Motion made, and Question proposed, That the clause be read a Second time.— [Mr. Norman Atkinson.]

The new clause concerns the geographical area covered by the Bill. I wish to obtain some confirmation from my hon. Friend. However, I suspect that the area of my concern is covered in the regulations that she has said that she hopes to produce before the Summer Recess.

There have been difficulties with the importation of unfit meat from the Irish Republic and there are also difficulties in Scotland. In Committee, we were told that the consultative document had been issued in Scotland. My hon. Friend is not directly responsible, but I should be grateful if she could tell us how those consultations have progressed and what further measures have been taken. There has been a loophole across that border, just as there has been a loophole through the traditional Irish ports. The port health regulations do not apply to ports engaged in the traditional Irish trade. I seek confirmation that the regulations will deal with that under the heading—in the Irish case-of the importation of muscle meat, which will no doubt be covered by staining and sterilisation regulations. All concerned with the provision of fit meat for human consumption will be interested to hear of the progress that has been made in the consultations.

I understand that the response from Northern Ireland was that similar regulations will be happily moved. I also understand that it would be out of order to introduce the subject of Scotland into this Bill.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause read a Second time, and added to the Bill.