Below is the text of Mr Major’s doorstep interview held on Friday 20th September 1996.
What is your response to Fischler this morning?
We are operating within the Florence Agreement. It was perfectly clear within the Florence Agreement that if new evidence arose we had to consider that new evidence, and Mr Fischler isn't saying we shouldn't. I am sure he is not saying that. We clearly have to look at the new evidence on maternal transmission -
How do we restore confidence in British beef?
That is a very good question. We have always said that beef is safe. There is, even now, no proven link between BSE and the concerns about CJD. That has always been the position. We have to continue to say that so the confidence restores in the market. In this country confidence has been restored a good deal more than in many other countries in Europe. I hope people can push aside some of the hysteria they have heard. It is not all that long ago that we had people claiming to the authorities saying there was going to be the most huge epidemic. They were saying so here -