HC Deb 21 December 1988 vol 144 c262W
Mr. Ashley

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what responsibility his Department has for ensuring that foodstuffs are safe for human consumption and carry no risk of food poisoning; in what way this responsibility is carried out; how many and what type of staff are required; what is the annual cost to his Department; and what has been the change in the number of staff and the annual cost to his Department in each of the last five years.

Mr. Gummer

[holding answer 15 December 1988]: None.