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Lord Lucas: As regards the beef sector, the ban has halted exports which were worth an estimated £720 million in 1995. It has also adversely affected UK sheepmeat and pigmeat exports. Information in terms of lost revenue is not held centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Scottish Office (The Earl of Lindsay): My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Scotland first announced his proposal for an automatic life sentence for those convicted of a second serious violent or sexual offence on 4th June. The proposal is described more fully in the White Paper Crime and Punishment published on 17th June which invites views on aspects of the new sentence. Both the announcement and the White Paper explained that the same provisions and procedures would apply to automatic life sentences as apply to discretionary life sentences. The views of the Parole Board and of any other interested parties will, of course, be welcome.
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