§ Mr. Ron Davies
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he has any proposals for the introduction of new labelling laws requiring manufacturers to declare the net defrosted weight of packed sea food.
§ Mr. Forth
My Department issued a consultation letter earlier this year proposing that legislation be introduced requiring packages of frozen prawns, shrimps and scampi to be marked with the weight net of ice-glaze. There was no opposition to this proposal which has now been notified to the EC Commission under the terms of directive 83/189/EEC. Subject to satisfactory completion of the notification, I intend to lay an order in Parliament to be debated by both Houses under the affirmative resolution procedure.