HC Deb 02 July 2003 vol 408 cc322-3W
Miss McIntosh

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations he has received on the mid-term review of the Common Agricultural Policy. [121350]

Mr. Bradshaw

I have been asked to reply.

There were 117 responses to the Department's public consultation on the European Commission's draft proposals for reform of the Common Agricultural Policy. These are available to the public through the main Defra library and copies of the list of respondents has been placed in the Library of the House.

In addition to her regular contacts with her colleagues on the EU Agriculture Council, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has met representatives from various interest groups to discuss CAP reform, most recently from farming and consumer groups. My noble Friend Lord Whitty chairs regular meetings with a wide range of key stakeholder organisations to exchange views on the CAP reform proposals, and officials frequently meet similar interested organisations.

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