HC Deb 01 July 1997 vol 297 c156W
Mr. Baker

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on his policy in respect of the purchase of seed companies by transnational chemical companies. [6003]

Mr. Rooker

Seed production and marketing is increasingly and international business. It is essential that companies have a sufficiently large base to service these needs. I shall continue to monitor the activities of around 1,100 seed merchants, processors and packers who are registered with the Ministry in England and Wales.

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