Select Committee on European Union Forty-Ninth Report


HORMONES IN STOCKFARMING (6976/01)

Letter from the Chairman to Elliot Morley Esq MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

  Sub-Committee D considered your supplementary EM on this proposal at its meeting of 4 December and cleared it from scrutiny.

  The Committee noted, however, the continuing difference in opinion between the Scientific Committee on Veterinary Measures relating to Public Health (SCVPH) and the UK's Veterinary Products Committee (VPC) with regard to the carcinogenicity of oestradiol 17ß.

  We would be grateful if you could keep us informed on the progress of consideration by VPC of the latest opinion from the SCVPH, and how far it goes in addressing the questions raised in the VPC report published in 1999.

17 December 2002

Letter from Lord Whitty, Minister for Food, Farming and Sustainable Energy to the Chairman

  Thank you for your letter of 17 December. I am pleased that Sub-Committee D has cleared the supplementary EM from scrutiny.

  The Veterinary Products Committee (VPC) agreed to set up the Working Group to examine the latest Opinion of the Scientific Committee on Veterinary measures relating to Public Health (SCVPH) at its September 2002 meeting. The formation of the Working Group was announced on the Veterinary Medicines Directorate and Food Standards Agency's websites. An invitation for consumers to feed in their views on the Opinion in due course was included.

  The initial views of the Working Group were obtained by correspondence owing to the difficulty in getting the members of the Group together at short notice. These suggest that there will continue to be a difference in opinions between the SCVPH and the VPC with regard to the carcinogenicity of oestradiol 17ß. A short progress report went to the December VPC, and the intention is that the Working Group will meet in early February to firm up their views and begin drafting their Report. Their draft Report will be presented to the VPC before going out to public consultation.

  I will, as you request, keep the Select Committee informed on the progress of the VPC's considerations of the latest SCVPH Opinion and how far it goes in addressing the questions raised in the VPC report published in 1999

14 January 2003


 
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