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MONDAY 11 DECEMBER 2000

Members present:

Mr David Curry, in the Chair

Mr David DrewMr Lembit Öpik
Mr Michael JackDr George Turner
Mr Austin Mitchell

The Committee deliberated.

Several Memoranda [Badgers and Bovine Tuberculosis: Follow-Up; Horticultural Research International; The UK Pig Industry] were ordered to be reported to the House.

Resolved, That the Committee do meet concurrently with the European Scrutiny Committee and with the International Development Committee to take evidence from Rt Hon. Richard Caborn, a Member of the House, Minister for Trade, Department of Trade and Industry, and Rt Hon. Joyce Quin, a Member of the House, Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, in connection with its inquiry into Market Access for Least-Developed Countries and the Sugar Regime.—(The Chairman.)

The UK Pig Industry: Mr John Godfrey, Chairman, Mr James Black, Vice-Chairman, Mr Stewart Houston, Chairman of the Producer Group, and Mr Mike Sheldon, Chief Executive, National Pig Association, were examined.

The UK Pig Industry: Rt Hon. Joyce Quin, a Member of the House, Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, was examined.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 13 December at Ten o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 13 DECEMBER 2000

Members present:

Mr David Curry, in the Chair

Mr David BorrowMr Michael Jack
Mr David DrewMr Austin Mitchell
Mr Alan HurstMr Mark Todd

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Special Report, proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read the first and second time, and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the First Special Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House.

Ordered, That the Government's response to the Ninth Report from the Committee in Session 1999-2000 [MAFF/Intervention Board Departmental Report 2000] be appended to the Report.—(The Chairman.)

Resolved, That the Committee do inquire into New Covent Garden Market.—(The Chairman.)

Horticulture Research International: Mr Peter Siddall, Chairman, Professor Michael Wilson, Chief Executive, and Mr David Temperley, Financial Secretary, Horticulture Research International, were examined.

Horticulture Research International: Baroness Hayman, a Member of the House of Lords, Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, and Dr David Shannon, Chief Scientist, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, were examined.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 20 December at half-past Ten o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 20 DECEMBER 2000

[MORNING SITTING]

Members present:

Mr David Curry, in the Chair

Mr David BorrowMr Michael Jack
Mr David DrewMr Lembit Öpik
Mr Alan HurstMr Mark Todd

The Committee deliberated.

Several Memoranda [Flood and Coastal Defence: Follow-Up; The UK Pig Industry; The Work of the Forestry Commission] were ordered to be reported to the House.

Draft Report [Badgers and Bovine Tuberculosis: Follow-Up], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

(The Minutes of Proceedings relating to the consideration of the Report are published in the First Report from the Agriculture Committee, HC 92 (2000-01), p. x.)

The Committee further deliberated.

[Adjourned till this day at a quarter to Four o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 20 DECEMBER 2000

[AFTERNOON SITTING]

[The Committee met concurrently with the European Scrutiny and International Development Committees]

Members present:

Mr David BorrowMr Michael Jack
Mr David CurryMr Mark Todd
Mr David Drew

The following Members of the European Scrutiny Committee were also present, pursuant to paragraph (4)(e) of Standing Order No. 152 (Select committees related to government departments):

Mr Ben BradshawMr Jimmy Hood
Mr Colin BreedMs Jenny Jones
Mr Roger CasaleMiss Anne McIntosh
Mr Jim DobbinMr Laurence Robertson
Mr Patrick Hall

The following Members of the International Development Committee were also present, pursuant to paragraph (4)(e) of Standing Order No. 152 (Select committees related to government departments):

Mr Tony ColmanMr Bowen Wells
Barbara FollettMr Tony Worthington

Mr Jimmy Hood was called to the Chair.

The Committees deliberated.   

Market Access for Least-Developed Countries and the Sugar Regime: Rt Hon. Richard Caborn, a Member of the House, Minister for Trade, Mr David Walmsley, Trade Policy Division, Mr Richard Carden, Director General of Trade Policy, Department of Trade and Industry, Rt Hon. Joyce Quin, a Member of the House, Minister of State, Mr Henry Brown, New Crops and Sugar Division, and Ms Christine Baxter, Sugar Branch, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, were examined.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 10 January at half-past Ten o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 10 JANUARY 2001

Members present:

Mr David Curry, in the Chair

Mr Alan HurstMr Lembit Öpik
Mr Michael JackMr Mark Todd
Mr Austin MitchellDr George Turner

The Committee deliberated.

Several Memoranda [Flood and Coastal Defence: Follow-Up; The UK Pig Industry; The Work of the Forestry Commission] were ordered to be reported to the House.

Draft Special Report [The Committee's Work, Session 1999-2000], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.

Paragraphs 1 to 18 read and agreed to.

Annex agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the Second Special Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House.

Ordered, That the memoranda from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and from the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions on implementation of the Committee's recommendations be appended to the Report.

The Committee further deliberated.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 17 January at Ten o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 17 JANUARY 2001

[MORNING SITTING]

Members present:

Mr David Curry, in the Chair

Mr David DrewMr Mark Todd
Mr Alan HurstDr George Turner
Mr Michael Jack

The Committee deliberated.

Several Memoranda [The Implementation of IACS in the European Union; New Covent Garden Market; The UK Pig Industry] were ordered to be reported to the House.

Ordered, That the provisions of Standing Order No. 135(1) (Witnesses and evidence (select committees)) be applied in connection with the inquiry into New Covent Garden Market.—(The Chairman.)

The Implementation of IACS in the European Union: Mr Don Curry, Chairman, IACS and Inspections Working Group, was examined.

The Implementation of IACS in the European Union: Mr Tim Bennett, Deputy President, Mr Meurig Raymond, Vice-Chairman, NFU Cereals Committee, Mr Ian Gardiner, Deputy Director-General, and Mr Kevin Pearce, Beef, Sheep and Wool Adviser, National Farmers' Union of England and Wales, were examined.

[Adjourned till this day at Four o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 17 JANUARY 2001

[AFTERNOON SITTING]

Members present:

Mr David Curry, in the Chair

Mr David DrewMr Mark Todd
Mr Michael JackDr George Turner
Mr Austin Mitchell

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Report [Organic Farming], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

(The Minutes of Proceedings relating to the consideration of the Report are published in the Second Report from the Agriculture Committee, HC 149-I (2000-01), p. xlvi.)

[Adjourned till Wednesday 24 January at Ten o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 24 JANUARY 2001

Members present:

Mr David Curry, in the Chair

Mr David BorrowMr Lembit Öpik
Mr David DrewMr Mark Todd
Mr Michael JackDr George Turner
Mr Austin Mitchell

The Committee deliberated.

Several Memoranda [The Implementation of IACS in the European Union; New Covent Garden Market; The UK Pig Industry] were ordered to be reported to the House.

Draft Report [Flood and Coastal Defence: Follow-Up], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

(The Minutes of Proceedings relating to the consideration of the Report are published in the Third Report from the Agriculture Committee, HC 172 (2000-01), p. x.)

Draft Report [Horticulture Research International], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

(The Minutes of Proceedings relating to the consideration of the Report are published in the Fourth Report from the Agriculture Committee, HC 53 (2000-01), p. xi.)

Resolved, That the Committee do visit New Covent Garden Market in connection with its inquiry.—(The Chairman.)

New Covent Garden Market: Mr Leif Mills, Chairman, and Dr Mike Liggins, General Manager, Covent Garden Market Authority, were examined.            

[Adjourned till Wednesday 7 February at Ten o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 7 FEBRUARY 2001

Members present:

Mr David Curry, in the Chair   

Mr David BorrowMr Lembit Öpik
Mr David DrewMr Mark Todd
Mr Michael JackDr George Turner
Mr Austin Mitchell

The Committee deliberated.

Several Memoranda [Common Agricultural Policy Payments Agency; New Covent Garden Market; Government Research into Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies and Intensive Farming] were ordered to be reported to the House.

Draft Special Report, proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read the first and second time, and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the Third Special Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House.

Ordered, That the Government's response to the Eighth Report from the Committee in Session 1999-2000 [Genetically Modified Organisms and Seed Segregation] be appended to the Report.—(The Chairman.)

Draft Report [The Work of the Forestry Commission], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

(The Minutes of Proceedings relating to the consideration of the Report are published in the Fifth Report from the Agriculture Committee, HC 229 (2000-01), p.x.)

Common Agricultural Policy Payments Agency: Mr Johnston McNeill, Chief Executive Designate, CAPPA, was examined.

[Adjourned till Thursday 8 February at a quarter past Ten o'clock.

THURSDAY 8 FEBRUARY 2001

Members present:

   Mr David Curry, in the Chair   

Mr David DrewMr Lembit Öpik
Mr Michael JackMr Mark Todd
Mr Austin MitchellDr George Turner

The Committee deliberated.

New Covent Garden Market: Mr Ivor Llewelyn, Head of Agriculture and Potatoes, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, was examined; Rt Hon Joyce Quin, a Member of the House, Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, was further examined.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 27 February at Ten o'clock.

TUESDAY 27 FEBRUARY 2001

Members present:

Mr David Curry, in the Chair   

Mr David BorrowMr Austin Mitchell
Mr David DrewMr Lembit Öpik
Mr Alan Hurst

The Committee deliberated.

Several Memoranda [Common Agricultural Policy Payments Agency; Government Research into Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies and Intensive Farming] were ordered to be reported to the House.

Draft Report [The UK Pig Industry], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

(The Minutes of Proceedings relating to the consideration of the Report are published in the Sixth Report from the Agriculture Committee, HC 32 (2000-01), p.viii.)      

The Implementation of IACS in the European Union: Mr Malcolm Slade, D-G Agriculture, European Commission, was examined.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 7 March at a quarter past Ten o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 7 MARCH 2001

Members present:

Mr David Curry, in the Chair   

Mr Michael JackMr Mark Todd
Mr Austin MitchellDr George Turner
Mr Lembit Öpik

The Committee deliberated.

A memorandum [The UK Pig Industry] was ordered to be reported to the House.

Resolved, That the Committee do inquire into Foot and Mouth Disease.—(The Chairman.)

The Implementation of IACS in the European Union: Mrs Janet Purnell, Head of CAP Schemes Management Division, and Mr Bill Duncan, Regional Director, Reading Regional Service Centre, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, were examined.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 14 March at Ten o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 14 MARCH 2001

Members present:

Mr David Curry, in the Chair   

Mr David DrewMr Lembit Öpik
Mr Michael JackMr Mark Todd
Mr Austin MitchellDr George Turner

The Committee deliberated.

Several Memoranda [New Covent Garden Market] were ordered to be reported to the House.

New Covent Garden Market: Mr Richard Adams, Assistant Town Clerk, Corporation of London, Mr David Butcher, Clerk and Superintendent, Billingsgate Market, Dr John Mann, Clerk and Superintendent, London Central Markets, and Mr Michael Culverwell, Clerk and Superintendent, Spitalfields Market, were examined.

The Committee further deliberated.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 21 March at Ten o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 21 MARCH 2001

Members present:

Mr David Curry, in the Chair   

Mr David BorrowMr Lembit Öpik
Mr David DrewMr Owen Paterson
Mr Michael JackMr Mark Todd
Mr Austin MitchellDr George Turner

The Committee deliberated.

A memorandum [New Covent Garden Market] was ordered to be reported to the House.

Foot and Mouth Disease: Rt Hon. Nicholas Brown, a Member of the House, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, and Mr Jim Scudamore, Chief Veterinary Officer, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food were examined.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 28 March at Ten o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 28 MARCH 2001

[MORNING SITTING]

Members present:

Mr David Curry, in the Chair   

Mr Michael JackMr Lembit Öpik
Mr Austin MitchellMr Mark Todd

The Committee deliberated.

Several Memoranda [Government Research into Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies and Intensive Farming] were ordered to be reported to the House.

Draft Report [The Implementation of IACS in the European Union], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

(The Minutes of Proceedings relating to the consideration of the Report are published in the Seventh Report from the Agriculture Committee, HC 150 (2000-01), p. xxx.)

Draft Report [New Covent Garden Market], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

(The Minutes of Proceedings relating to the consideration of the Report are published in the Eighth Report from the Agriculture Committee, HC 173 (2000-01), p. xii.)

The Committee further deliberated.

[Adjourned till this day at a quarter past Four o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 28 MARCH 2001

[AFTERNOON SITTING]

Members present:

Mr David Curry, in the Chair

Mr David BorrowMr Owen Paterson
Mr Michael JackMr Mark Todd
Mr Austin MitchellDr George Turner
Mr Lembit Öpik

The Committee deliberated.

Foot and Mouth Disease: Rt Hon. Michael Meacher, a Member of the House, Minister for the Environment, and Miss Sophia Lambert, Director, Wildlife and Countryside Directorate, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, were examined.      

[Adjourned till Wednesday 4 April at half-past Ten o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 4 APRIL 2001

Members present:

Mr David Curry, in the Chair

Mr David DrewMr Lembit Öpik
Mr Michael JackDr George Turner
Mr Austin Mitchell

The Committee deliberated.

A memorandum [Government Research into Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies and Intensive Farming] was ordered to be reported to the House.

Draft Special Report, proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read the first and second time, and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the Fourth Special Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House.

Ordered, That the Government's response to the First Report from the Committee in Session 2000-01 [Badgers and Bovine Tuberculosis: Follow-Up] be appended to the Report.—(The Chairman.)

Draft Special Report, proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read the first and second time, and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the Fifth Special Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House.

Ordered, That the Government's response to the Second Report from the Committee in Session 2000-01 [Organic Farming] be appended to the Report.—(The Chairman.)

Draft Special Report, proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read the first and second time, and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the Sixth Special Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House.

Ordered, That the Government's response to the Fourth Report from the Committee in Session 2000-01 [Horticulture Research International] be appended to the Report.—(The Chairman.)

The Committee further deliberated.

Resolved, That the Committee do inquire into Sea Fishing.—(The Chairman.)

[Adjourned to a day and time to be fixed by the Chairman.

MONDAY 23 APRIL 2001

Members present:

Mr David Curry, in the Chair

Mr David BorrowMr Austin Mitchell
Mr David DrewMr Lembit Öpik
Mr Alan HurstMr Owen Paterson
Mr Michael JackMr Mark Todd

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Special Report, proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read the first and second time, and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the Seventh Special Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House.

Ordered, That the Government's response to the Fifth Report from the Committee in Session 2000-01 [The Work of the Forestry Commission] be appended to the Report.—(The Chairman.)

Foot and Mouth Disease: Rt Hon. Nicholas Brown, a Member of the House, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, and Mr Jim Scudamore, Chief Veterinary Officer, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, were further examined.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 25 April at a quarter past Ten o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 25 APRIL 2001

Members present:

Mr David Curry, in the Chair

Mr David BorrowMr Owen Paterson
Mr David DrewMr Mark Todd
Mr Austin MitchellDr George Turner
Mr Lembit Öpik

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Special Report, proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read the first and second time, and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the Eighth Special Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House.

Ordered, That the Government's response to the Third Report from the Committee in Session 2000-01 [Flood and Coastal Defence: Follow-Up] be appended to the Report.—(The Chairman.)

Foot and Mouth Disease: Professor David King, Chief Scientific Adviser, Dr Neil Ferguson, Imperial College, Dr Alex Donaldson, Head of the Pirbright Institute, and Professor Mark Woolhouse, University of Edinburgh, Foot and Mouth Disease Science Group, were examined.

Foot and Mouth Disease: Mr Ben Gill, President, National Farmers' Union of England and Wales, was examined.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 2 May at a quarter past Ten o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 2 MAY 2001

Members present:

Mr David Curry, in the Chair

Mr David DrewMr Lembit Öpik
Mr Michael JackMr Mark Todd
Mr Austin MitchellDr George Turner

The Committee deliberated.

Several Memoranda [Foot and Mouth Disease; Sea Fishing] were ordered to be reported to the House.

Ordered, That the provisions of paragraph 4(d) of Standing Order No. 152 (Select committees related to government departments) be applied to the transcript of evidence taken before the Committee on 25 April, in respect of the Science and Technology Committee.—(The Chairman.)

Draft Special Report, proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read the first and second time, and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the Ninth Special Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House.

Ordered, That the Government's response to the Sixth Report from the Committee in Session 2000-01, [The UK Pig Industry] be appended to the Report.—(The Chairman.)

Foot and Mouth Disease: Mr Peter Barr, Chairman, Mr Gwyn Howells, Director General, and Mr Bob Bansback, Director of Corporate Strategy, Meat and Livestock Commission, were examined.

Foot and Mouth Disease: Mr Paul Allen, Development Director, and Mr Joey Hughes, Media Officer, Centre for Alternative Technology, were examined.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 9 May at a quarter past Ten o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 9 MAY 2001

Members present:

Mr David Curry, in the Chair

Mr David DrewMr Lembit Öpik
Mr Michael JackMr Mark Todd
Mr Austin Mitchell

The Committee deliberated.

Several Memoranda [Regional Restructuring; Sea Fishing] were ordered to be reported to the House.

Sea Fishing: Mr Barrie Deas, Chief Executive, National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations, was examined.

Sea Fishing: Mr Elliot Morley, a Member of the House, Minister for Fisheries and the Countryside, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, was examined.

[The Committee adjourned.

 

 

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