HC Deb 31 March 1993 vol 222 c248W
Mr. Faber

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what progress has been made in his review of the status of the laboratories dealing with food science.

Mr. Gummer

I have concluded that it would be right for the food science laboratory, Norwich and the Torry research station, Aberdeen to achieve agency status. The best and most efficient mechanism is to merge both laboratories with the existing central science laboratory agency with effect from 1 April 1994. I intend to proceed accordingly. There are no plans to move the laboratories at Norwich and Aberdeen from their present locations. Both will continue to support the food safety work of the Department.