HC Deb 16 February 1989 vol 147 cc350-1W
15. Mr. Tim Smith

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will take steps to ensure that the Food and Farming Year celebrations highlight the success of British agriculture.

Mr. MacGregor

The main purpose of Food and Farming Year is to make the success of British agriculture and the food industry more widely understood. A wide-ranging programme of events both national and regional has been put together by a Committee representing all parts of the industry. And with full support from the Ministry.

58. Mr. Harris: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food who will be funding events in celebration of British Food and Farming Year.

Mr. MacGregor

The funding of British Food and Farming Year has been undertaken by the industry itself. The viability of the national events such as the festival in May in Hyde park, the travelling exhibition and the teachers' resource pack has been assured by generous sponsorship from major companies. The many local activities are being similarly supported by local organisations and farmers. The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food has provided funds for an educational pack illustrating certain current agricultural issues and is linking its own centenary exhibition with the Hyde park festival. The Crown Estate and the Countryside Commission have also given assistance.