§ Mr. Dalyell
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to the oral statement of the Minister for London and Construction, of 17 June 1998,Official Report, column 335, if he will make a statement on his Department's future plans for Kew Gardens. 
§ Mr. Rooker
As the sponsoring Department for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the Ministry will provide the body with funding of over £17 million grant-in-aid during the current financial year. We look forward to receiving shortly its corporate strategic plan for the period 607W to 2002/03. My right hon. Friend will be discussing Kew's operations and scientific programmes with its Director and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees when he visits the Gardens on 7 July.