HC Deb 10 June 2002 vol 386 cc931-3W
Mr. Paul Marsden

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what rules apply to the disclosure of interests on the part of those serving on public bodies which are responsible to her Department. [56457]

Mr. Morley

All advisory and executive non-departmental public bodies are required to adopt a board members' code, based on guidance produced by the Cabinet Office, and they should have registers of interests. The definition of interests is ultimately for individual Departments since they are best placed to decide what might be thought to influence members of their non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs).

The following table lists the NDPBs sponsored by this Department and indicates whether or not a Code of Practice currently exists and where it may be obtained.

Public body Code of practice
Sustainable Development Education Panel Available from the panel
Veterinary Products Committee Available from the committee
Veterinary Residues Committee Available from the committee
Water Regulation Advisory Committee Available from the committee
Zoos Forum Available from the forum