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Hon Member For Penrith And The Border And Feline Spongiform Encephalopathy

EDM number 1033 in 1993-94, proposed by Harry Cohen on 18/04/1994.

That this House is reminded of the response of the Committee of the Food Safety Bill on 19th March 1990 by the then Agriculture Minister, the honourable Member for Penrith and The Border, on the risk that bovine spongiform encephalopathy (mad cow disease) might jump species to cats due to infected offal in pet food, that 'I do not want to get into the position where I as a politician go into a crazy panic over pet food, when all the evidence is against there being any risk whatever of the disease jumping species to cats and dogs. I could ban the pet food for no good reason and scientists could a year later say I was wrong' and that policy on bovine spongiform encepthalopathy should not be based on the love of the honourable Member for Leyton for his cats; notes that parliamentary answer by the current Minister of Agriculture on 30th March, that her Department has been notified of 47 cases of feline spongiform encepthalopathy, even thought the disease is not a notifiable one, and that reported cases are at the rate of one a month; and considers that the failure to act by the honourable Member for Penrith and The Border when he had the opportunity to take this matter seriously was a lamentable error of judgement.

This motion has been signed by a total of 38 MPs.

Harry Cohen18/04/1994LeytonProposed
Bridget Prentice19/04/1994Lewisham EastSigned
Harry Barnes19/04/1994North East DerbyshireSigned
Tony Banks19/04/1994Newham North WestSigned
Norman Godman19/04/1994Greenock and Port GlasgowSigned
Neil Gerrard19/04/1994WalthamstowSigned
Paul Flynn19/04/1994Newport WestSigned
Jimmy Dunnachie19/04/1994Glasgow, PollokSigned
Jim Dowd19/04/1994Lewisham WestSigned
John Cummings19/04/1994EasingtonSigned
Michael Connarty19/04/1994Falkirk EastSigned
Michael Clapham19/04/1994Barnsley West & PenistoneSigned
Bill Michie19/04/1994Sheffield, HeeleySigned
William McKelvey19/04/1994Kilmarnock & LoudounSigned
John McAllion19/04/1994Dundee EastSigned
Ken Livingstone19/04/1994Brent EastSigned
Lynne Jones19/04/1994Birmingham, Selly OakSigned
Eric Illsley19/04/1994Barnsley CentralSigned
Ernie Ross19/04/1994Dundee WestSigned
Colin Pickthall20/04/1994West LancashireSigned
John Evans20/04/1994St Helens NorthSigned
Ronnie Campbell20/04/1994Blyth ValleySigned
Alice Mahon20/04/1994HalifaxSigned
Eddie Loyden20/04/1994Liverpool, GarstonSigned
John Heppell20/04/1994Nottingham EastSigned
Martin Redmond20/04/1994Don ValleySigned
Terry Patchett20/04/1994Barnsley EastSigned
Robert Parry21/04/1994Liverpool, RiversideSigned
Derek Enright21/04/1994HemsworthSigned
Roger Godsiff21/04/1994Birmingham Small HeathSigned
Tommy Graham21/04/1994Renfrew West and InverclydeSigned
Mike Hall21/04/1994Warrington SouthSigned
Dennis Turner21/04/1994Wolverhampton South EastSigned
Martyn Jones27/04/1994Clwyd South WestSigned
Andrew MacKinlay28/04/1994ThurrockSigned
Bill Etherington28/04/1994Sunderland NorthSigned
Win Griffiths28/04/1994BridgendSigned
Allan Rogers25/05/1994RhonddaSigned

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