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Ms Walley: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on the outcome of the EC-Norwegian agreement in relation to the exchange opportunities for fisheries. 
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Ms Quin: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list those countries which banned the import of British beef prior to the EU ban and the date the ban came into force in each case. 
Mrs. Browning [holding answer 23 April 1996]: In the week prior to the adoption of Commission decision 96/239/EC on 27 March the following EU countries imposed unilateral bans or restrictions on imports of British beef: Belgium, Germany, Spain, Finland, France, Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden and Italy.
Mr. Hain: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) when he last met representatives of National Milk Records to discuss investment in a computerised record system tracing cattle by genetic imprint; 
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Mr. Baldry [holding answer 4 June 1996]: MAFF officials are in touch with National Milk Records about the future development of the NMR cattle recording system. I understand that an NMR working group is preparing proposals for extending the existing NMR database and I look forward to receiving these later this year.
Mr. Morley: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if export certificate EC400 has been issued by his Department since October 1980 for calves destined for France, in excess of 15 days of age. 
Mr. Morley: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when divisional veterinary managers were notified that export certificate EC4000 is no longer to be issued; and what reasons were given. 
Mrs. Browning [holding answer on 4 June 1996]: The Ministry does not have an export certificate EC4000. An instruction to divisional veterinary managers to withdraw all export health certificates in respect of live cattle, including EC400, was issued on 27 March 1996. This was in response to ratification by the European Commission of Commission decision 96/239/EC on emergency measures to protect against bovine spongiform encephalopathy.