§ Dr. Wright
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list those of his Department's advisory non-departmental public bodies which(a) the Government are required to consult prior to legislative proposals and (b) the Government are required to publish their response to advice supplied by them. 
§ Mr. Boswell
[holding answer 21 March 1996]: Under section 62(3) of the Medicines Act 1968, Agriculture Ministers are required to consult the Veterinary Products Committee before making an order. There is no requirement to consult our other advisory non-departmental public bodies prior to legislative proposals nor to publish our response to advice supplied by them, or the Veterinary Products Committee.