HC Deb 19 March 1998 vol 308 c728W
Mr. Randall

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many meetings have been requested with his Department's Ministers by(a) Labour and (b) Conservative hon. Members; and how many meetings have been granted in each category. [31298]

Dr. John Cunningham

I and my colleagues receive many requests for meetings from individual, and groups of, hon. Members, about numerous issues, many of which cut across party boundaries. To seek to identify those requests on the basis of party allegiance would be misleading and would serve no useful purpose. However, I can confirm that I and my Ministerial team have held meetings with hon. Members from both the Government and the majority of Opposition parties, including the Conservative Party.