§ Mr. Dalyell
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on the work programme of the tropical forest resource group at the royal botanic gardens, Kew.
§ Mr. Curry
The tropical forest resource group, which was launched on 29 January 1992, is a consortium of 11 organisations including the royal botanic gardens at Kew. Its aim is to provide information and expertise to project and policy developers worldwide in the areas of forest management and conservation, agroforestry and related land use. Kew's role will be to provide support in its special fields of taxonomic research on plants and fungi, with additional capabilities in experimental research, seed storage and horticulture.