HC Deb 16 April 1999 vol 329 c394W
Mr. Drew

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will introduce measures to ensure that the costs of the Food Standards Agency are not imposed upon farmers. [79879]

Mr. Rooker

Our detailed proposals for a levy scheme to fund the new costs of the Food Standards Agency, recently the subject of extensive public consultation, do not propose that the levy be applied to farms. However, farm shops required to register under the Food Premises (Registration) Regulations 1991 would be required to pay the proposed levy.