§ Mr. Grylls
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether, following the NEDC meeting on 2nd February, he will publish in the Official Report details of the recommendations made by the sector working party on the food and drinks industry; and what action it has now been decided to take on these recommendations.
§ Mr. Strang
As I told the hon. Member on 24th January, it is for the EDC for Food and Drink Manufacturing itself to decide what further information to publish about the progress of its work, including its recommendations. However, as my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Industry said in reply to the hon. Member for Leeds, West (Mr. Dean) on 3rd February, copies of the main papers on industrial strategy taken at the NEDC meeting on 2nd February, amended only to remove commercially confidential information, have been placed in the Library. These papers summarise the latest reports from the Sector Working Parties, including that of the EDC for Food and Drink Manufacturing, set out the Government's general response, and make clear that the recom-508W mendations will be considered individually.—[Vol. 924. c. 443–4; Vol. 925, c. 252]