§ Mr. Nicholls
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many counties in the South West of England he has visited since 1 May 1997. 
Dr. John Cunningham
I have not visited the South West. However, my noble Friend Lord Donoughue, the Parliamentary Secretary, has specific responsibility for the MAFF South West region and he has visited Devon twice and Cornwall once since 1 May 1997. He hopes to visit both again in the forthcoming months. In addition, my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary has made the same number of visits to Devon and Cornwall since 1 May 1997.