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Ec Organic Foods Directive

EDM number 484 in 1992-93, proposed by Kate Hoey on 13/07/1992.

That this House notes plans by the European Commission to introduce new production, processing and labelling legislation on organic products and new import regulations on the importation of organic foods from outside the Community; further notes that the directive would force the retailers who buy organic food in bulk and then pre-pack it for sale to be treated as processors and will therefore have to pay a certification fee; believes that many small retailers will either be unable to pay such a certification fee and will therefore decide to cease selling organic products, or will be forced to buy pre-packed organic foods which will undoubtedly affect profit margins; further believes that the directive, as it currently stands, will have a disastrous effect on counties which are noted for the production and retailing of organic food, such as the county of Dyfed, which has 51 organic producers, many of which currently undertake their own processing; calls on the Government to make every effort to amend the directive so as to ensure permanent safeguards for small shops and operators in this context; and further calls on the Government to block any decision on the organic foods directive until such safeguards are built in.

This motion has been signed by a total of 31 MPs.

Kate Hoey14/07/1992VauxhallProposed
Alan Meale14/07/1992MansfieldSigned
Glenda Jackson15/07/1992Hampstead & HighgateSigned
Lynne Jones15/07/1992Birmingham, Selly OakSigned
Ian McCartney15/07/1992MakerfieldSigned
Richard Burden15/07/1992Birmingham, NorthfieldSigned
Win Griffiths15/07/1992BridgendSigned
Audrey Wise16/07/1992PrestonSigned
Alex Carlile24/09/1992MontgomerySigned
Eric Illsley25/09/1992Barnsley CentralSigned
Jimmy Dunnachie25/09/1992Glasgow, PollokSigned
Roland Boyes25/09/1992Houghton and WashingtonSigned
Kim Howells25/09/1992PontypriddSigned
Ken Livingstone19/10/1992Brent EastSigned
Peter Hain19/10/1992NeathSigned
Alan Simpson20/10/1992Nottingham SouthSigned
Nick Ainger20/10/1992PembrokeSigned
Norman Godman20/10/1992Greenock and Port GlasgowSigned
Jean Corston20/10/1992Bristol EastSigned
Frank Cook20/10/1992Stockton NorthSigned
Michael Connarty20/10/1992Falkirk EastSigned
Keith Bradley20/10/1992Manchester, WithingtonSigned
Elfyn Llwyd20/10/1992Meirionnydd Nant ConwySigned
John Heppell20/10/1992Nottingham EastSigned
Max Madden21/10/1992Bradford WestSigned
Joan Lestor21/10/1992EcclesSigned
Edward O'Hara21/10/1992Knowsley SouthSigned
Tommy Graham21/10/1992Renfrew West and InverclydeSigned
Jim Wallace21/10/1992Orkney & ShetlandSigned
Geoff Hoon28/10/1992AshfieldSigned
Ieuan Wyn Jones28/10/1992Ynys MSigned

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