Draft Pig Industry Development Scheme 2000 (Confirmation) Order 2001

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Mr. Maclean: I do not need a personal reply. I do not want the right hon. Lady to use up resources writing to me about the matter. I am content. She is an honourable and decent Minister and she has heard my point of view. I should be grateful if she conveyed my personal view to Jim Scudamore and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food vets. They are doing as excellent a job as they can do in present circumstances, as Keith Meldrum and other MAFF officials did before them. The cheapest way to get votes in the daily press is to slag off MAFF vets and officials. I am content that they are doing a superb job in trying to control such an appalling disease. I will attack the Government later on, but not the MAFF officials or vets.

Ms Quin: I am happy to endorse every word that the right hon. Gentleman said. Jim Scudamore has attracted much respect and support for the work that he has done, but he also relies on a large number of staff, who are, as has been widely recognised, making Herculean efforts. Virtually every contributor to the debate in the House yesterday referred to that. I saw Jim Scudamore today and I know that he appreciated the comments that were made.

I am glad that the Committee strongly supports the order and that we will therefore be able to give further help to pig producers.

Question put and agreed to.


    That the Committee has considered the draft Pig Industry Development Scheme 2000 (Confirmation) Order 2001.

    Committee rose at five minutes past Five o'clock.

The following Members attended the Committee:
Cunningham, Mr. Jim (Chairman)
Atkinson, Mr. Peter
Blears, Ms
Cox, Mr.
Gill, Mr.
McGuire, Mrs.
Maclean, Mr.
Mitchell, Mr.
Paice, Mr.
Quin, Ms
Skinner, Mr.
Turner, Dr. Desmond

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