HC Deb 17 September 2003 vol 410 c777W
Mr. Drew

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list those industries which constitute the representative role of LANTRA; and what plans there are to include additional industries. [130591]

Alun Michael

Lantra represents the following 17 industries:

  • agricultural crops;
  • agricultural livestock;
  • animal care;
  • animal technology;
  • acquaculture;
  • environmental conservation;
  • equine;
  • farriery;
  • fencing;
  • fisheries management;
  • floristry;
  • game conservation;
  • land-based engineering;
  • landscaping:
  • production horticulture;
  • trees and timber;
  • and veterinary nursing.

Any proposals to extend coverage would be for discussion between Lantra and the Sector Skills Development Agency. Lantra has assured Ministers that it fully appreciates the importance to link to the work of other similar agencies to make sure that the needs of the diverse rural economy and communities are met. Discussions are currently taking place between Lantra, the Sector Skills Development Agency and this Department about a role for Lantra in coordinating the work of Sector Skills Councils with significant interests in rural areas.

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