§ Mrs. Curtis-Thomas
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what discussions his Department held with(a) the Engineering Council and (b) the Institution of Agricultural Engineers prior to the publication of the White Paper on the Food Standards Agency (Cm 3830); and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Rooker
The Department held no discussions with either organisation prior to the publication of the White Paper 'The Food Standards Agency:A Force for Change'. The Engineering Council has, however, commented on the White Paper on behalf of the engineering profession (including the Institution of Agricultural Engineers). Their views will be carefully considered, along with all other responses to this consultation.