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Lord Lucas: The prohibition on exporting from the United Kingdom cattle, bovine semen and embryos, meat from cattle slaughtered in the United Kingdom, certain other products of such cattle and mammalian meat and bone meal was created by Commission Decision 96/239/EC on emergency measures to protect against bovine spongiform encephalopathy. Decision 96/239/EC was made in purported exercise of powers contained in Article 10(4) of Council Directive 90/425/EEC (concerning veterinary and zootechnical checks applicable in intra-Community trade in certain live animals and products with a view to the completion of the internal market) and Article 9 of Council Directive 89/662/EEC (concerning veterinary checks in intra-Community trade with a view to the completion of the internal market). Those directives were themselves made under Article 43 of the EC Treaty.
In accordance with the procedure laid down for decisions taken under those powers the Commission took the opinion of the European Community's Standing Veterinary Committee. The Scientific Veterinary Committee was also consulted.
Decision 96/239/EC has been amended by a further Commission decision, which removed semen from the prohibition, permitted the export of gelatine and tallow subject to conditions of production, labelling and supervision and established controls for manufactured products made from imported raw materials. That decision was taken in purported exercise of the same
On the amending Decision, the Scientific Veterinary Committee was again consulted, and the Scientific Committee on Cosmetology, the Scientific Committee for Food and the Committee for Proprietary Medicinal Products were also consulted.
Lord Lucas: It is anticipated that the wild bird cover set-aside option will remain available to farmers in 1997 in the event of a further reduction in the obligatory rate of set-aside. While uptake so far has been good, it will be for farmers to decide whether to continue to use the option.
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