HC Deb 31 March 1971 vol 814 cc406-7W
Mr. Raison

asked the Minister for the Civil Service what changes are contemplated in the departmental responsibilities for the four research associations dealing with food.

Mr. David Howell

Following discussions between the interests concerned, the Government have decided that the responsibility for the administration of the grant in aid to the flour milling and baking, fruit and vegetable preservation, British food manufacturing industries and the British industrial biological research associations should be transferred from the Department of Trade and Industry to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food with effect from 1st April, 1971. There has been full consultation with the associations and this change in no way affects their status.