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Beef Industry

Volume 301: debated on Thursday 27 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on prospects for the beef industry in Wales. [17636]

The government has continued to support various initiatives to help restore and improve consumer confidence in beef. As a result we have seen significant increases in the level of beef consumption. Every effort is being made to have the export ban lifted and that should see a further improvement in prospects for the industry. Nevertheless, the beef sector remains in long term structural surplus and reform of the CAP beef regime is essential.