§ Mr. Morley
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in which year he expects veal crates to be banned throughout the EC.
§ Mrs. Browning
An EC ban on veal crates would necessitate amendment of EC directive 91/629 laying down minimum standards for the protection of calves. It would be unrealistic to expect those member states where veal crates are currently used to agree to any change overnight, but we will be pressing for any transitional period to be kept to a minimum.