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Fish Processing

Volume 210: debated on Tuesday 30 June 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many representations he has received from the fish-processing industry for temporary derogation from EC proposals on regulations pertaining to the fish-processing industry.

[holding answer 25 June 1992]: By June 24 the Scottish Office had received 260 applications for temporary derogations from the structural and equipment requirements of the fishery products directive 91/493/EEC.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he expects to publish guidelines relating to EC proposals as they affect export licences for fish processors in Scotland.

[holding answer 25 June 1992]: Directive 91/493/EEC, concerning health rules for the production and placing on the market of fishery products, requires that all such products are given an identification mark to signify that they have been produced in accordance with the directive. The directive applies to trade within the European Community; trade with third countries will continue to be subject to bilateral arrangements. The regulations implementing the directive will be issued for public consultation shortly.