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Turkeys

Mr. Pickthall: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what plans he has in respect of the sale of uneviscerated turkeys. [62924]

Mr. Rooker [holding answer 10 December 1998]: Farm fresh turkeys give consumers a choice and the Government would like to see traditional production of this product continue.

The Ministry will be issuing for public consultation a consultation document recommending that small off-farm poultry meat slaughterhouses should no longer be exempt from licensing. These proposals will not affect the exemption for small-scale on-farm production of traditional farm fresh turkeys.

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Pesticides

Sir Alastair Goodlad: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what representations he has made to the Chancellor of the Exchequer about a possible tax on pesticides; and if he will make a statement. [63452]

Mr. Rooker: My right hon. Friend the Minister has made no representations to the Chancellor of the Exchequer on this matter.

Research Programmes (Wales)

Mr. Wigley: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list (a) the research programmes and (b) the activities undertaken in Wales and funded by his Department, and the total estimated

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annual expenditure on each in 1998-99; and what proportion of this funding will be transferred to the National Assembly for Wales when it has been established. [63480]

Mr. Rooker: Decisions on the placing of research contracts are based on the scientific quality and value for money of research proposals and not on the geographical location of contractors. The Ministry expects to pay some

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£125 million for research in 1998-99, spread between contractors throughout the UK. Some £7.8 million of this sum will be paid to Welsh contractors, but Wales will benefit from all relevant research regardless of where it is carried out. Post-devolution, it is intended that the Ministry will retain responsibility for the budget for R&D carried out in England and Wales. The National Assembly for Wales will be consulted about priorities for R&D and these will be reflected in the programme of work commissioned.