§ Mr. Letwin
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what mechanisms for consultation with farmers he intends to introduce to replace the MAFF regional panels. 
§ Mr. Rooker
We have arrangements for consulting formally with a wide range of interests, including farmers, about a wide range of issues. These will continue. Ministers have begun a new system of regular regional consultations with a wider representation of those involved in the countryside, including farmers, consumers, environmentalists, and from the food industry. Ministers will also be available and accessible to those who use, live and work in the countryside on their regular regional visits.