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Food Imports (Animal Welfare)

Volume 405: debated on Thursday 15 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will take steps to encourage the inclusion of animal welfare considerations in bilateral agreements on food imports. [113304]

The Government have pressed hard for animal welfare considerations to be included in the WTO multilateral negotiations for a new Agreement on Agriculture. I am pleased to say that the first draft of the new Agreement contains proposals for specific measures on this issue.