§ Mr. Matthew Taylor
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he has any plans to increase representation from(a) consumer groups (b) enforcement agencies on food committees or working parties.
§ Mr. Maclean
The Food Advisory Committee has two members drawn from enforcement backgrounds and three members who have experience in consumer activities. All members of the committee are, however, appointed for their personal expertise and do not represent any particular interest. The new consumer panel will have nine ordinary consumer members nominated by various consumer organisations. I keep the membership of both committees under review and can where appropriate adjust the emphasis of the membership.