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Sessional Returns Session 1999-2000 - Contents


B. SELECT COMMITTEE ATTENDANCE, WORK, PUBLICATIONS ETC

3. Agriculture

The Committee was nominated on 14 July 1997.
It had 11 Members and held 48 meetings. This included 2 meetings held concurrently with the Health Committee (abbreviated to 'CM' in the attendance table below).


Members
Meetings attended

Luff, Mr Peter (Chairman until 15.2.00) (discharged, 21.2.00)
11
Curry, Mr David (elected Chairman, 15.2.00)
45 (including 2 CM)
Borrow, Mr David (added, 6.12.99)
25 (including 1 CM)
Drew, Mr David (added, 6.12.99)
36 (including 1 CM)
Hurst, Mr Alan
30 (including 1 CM)
Jack, Mr Michael
35 (including 1 CM)
Jones, Ms Fiona (discharged, 3.4.00)
1
Keeble, Ms Sally (discharged, 6.12.99)
0
Livsey, Mr Richard (discharged, 29.11.99)
0
Marsden, Mr Paul
26 (including 2 CM)
Mitchell, Mr Austin
38 (including 1 CM)
Öpik, Mr Lembit (added, 29.11.99)
30 (including 1 CM)
Organ, Mrs Diana (discharged, 6.12.99)
3
Paterson, Mr Owen (added, 21.2.00)
14
Todd, Mr Mark
40 (including 2 CM)
Turner, Dr George (added, 3.4.00)
21 (including 1 CM)

Overall attendance:
67.2 %
Number of Members added:
5
Number of Members discharged:
5
Turnover of membership during the Session:
45 %


Staff
Clerk of the Committee: Ms Lynn Gardner, Senior Clerk (Band A2).
Committee Specialist: Mr Richard Kelly (Band B1).
Committee Assistant: Mr Mark Oxborough, Higher Executive Officer (Band B2).
Secretary: Ms Anne Woolhouse, Secretary (Band D1).

Specialist Advisers during the Session
Professor David Colman, Professor Michael Haines, Professor Peter Hudson, Professor Tim Lang, Professor Tim Roper, Professor Sir Colin Spedding CBE and Professor Ken Thomson.

Witnesses
Oral evidence was given during the Session by the following categories of witnesses:
     Number of appearances by:
          Cabinet Ministers
4
          Other Ministers
7
     Ministerial appearances by Members of the House of Lords
4
     Number of appearances by officials from, or representatives of
          Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
7
          other departments
1
               omprising: Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions
1
          executive agencies
2
               comprising: Forest Enterprise (an agency of the Forestry Commission)
1
               Intervention Board
1
          public bodies and non-Ministerial departments
26
               comprising: Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes
1
          Agriculture and Environment Biotechnology Commission
1
          Environment Agency (a public body within the responsibility of the Secretary of State for the
               Environment, Transport and the Regions)
6
          Food from Britain
2
          Food Standards Agency (a non-Ministerial department within the responsibility of the           Secretary of State for Health)
          Forestry Commission
2
          Horticulture Research International
3
          Meat and Livestock Commission
2
          United Kingdom Register of Organic Food Standards
4
          Veterinary Products Committee
1
     Appearances by other witnesses
67



Overseas Visits

Date
Destination
Members
Staff
Purpose
Cost
7-8.3.00
Geneva
5
2
Inquiry into the Implications for UK Agriculture and EU Agricultural Policy of Trade Liberalisation and the WTO Round
£5,166.57
3-7.4.00
Washington DC and Chicago
6
2
Inquiry into the Implications for UK Agriculture and EU Agricultural Policy of Trade Liberalisation and the WTO Round
£41,206.31

Visits to European Institutions

Date
Destination
Members
Staff
Purpose
Cost
7-8.2.00
European Commission, Brussels
6
3A
Inquiry into the Implications for UK Agriculture and EU Agricultural Policy of Trade Liberalisation and the WTO Round
£4,357.22

A Includes 1 specialist adviser  

UK Visits

Date
Destination
Members
Staff
Purpose
Cost
24.5.00
North Mercia Regional Service Centre, Crewe
6
3
Inquiry into Regional Service Centres
£1,555.82
7.6.00
North East Regional Service Centre, Northallerton
5
3
Inquiry into Regional Service Centres
£1,709.02
19.7.00
Eastbrook Farm, Bishopstone, and Duchy Home Farm, Tetbury
5
4A
Inquiry into Organic Farming
£928.95
31.10.00
CWS Agriculture, Stoughton, Manor Farm, Long Whatton and Grange Farm, Normanton on Soar
4
3A
Inquiry into Organic Farming
£491.05

A Includes 1 specialist adviser

Reports and Minutes of Evidence

Title
HC No.
(1999-2000)
Date of
publication
No. of
pages
Sale price
Government
reply
First Report: The Current Crisis in the Livestock Industry
94
14.12.99
13
£4.30
Received 22.12.99: published as Second Special Report, Session 1999-2000
Second Report: The Marketing of Milk
36-I
1.2.00
52
£9.70
Received 6.4.00: published as Third Special Report, Session 1999-2000
Minutes of Evidence and Appendices: The Marketing of Milk
36-II
1.2.00
230
£20.50
Not applicable
Third Report: The Segregation of Genetically Modified Foods
71-I
7.3.00
36
£8.00
Received 5.5.00: published as Fifth Special Report, Session 1999-2000
Minutes of Evidence and Appendices: The Segregation of Genetically Modified Foods
71-II
7.3.00
176
£19.50
Not applicable
Fourth Report: Environmental Regulation and Farming
212-I
17.3.00
26
£6.50
Cm 4800, published 12.7.00
Minutes of Evidence and Appendices: Environmental Regulation and Farming
212-II
17.3.00
102
£14.70
Not applicable
Fifth Report: The Government's Proposals for Organophosphate Sheep Dips
425
23.5.00
83
£11.50
Received 25.7.00: published as Sixth Special Report, Session 1999-2000
Sixth Report: The Implications for UK Agriculture and EU Agricultural Policy of Trade Liberalisation and the WTO Round
246-I
4.7.00
51
£9.70
Received 5.10.00: published as Seventh Special Report, Session 1999-2000
Minutes of Evidence and Appendices: The Implications for UK Agriculture and EU Agricultural Policy of Trade Liberalisation and the WTO Round
246-II
4.7.00
153
£18.00
Not applicable
Seventh Report: Horticulture Research International
484
11.7.00
44
£8.80
Received 11.10.00: published as Eighth Special Report, Session 1999-2000
Tenth Report: Regional Service Centres
509-I
1.8.00
14
£4.30
Received 21.11.00: published as Ninth Special Report, Session 1999-2000
Minutes of Evidence and Appendices: Regional Service Centres
509-II
1.8.00
116
£15.90
Not applicable
Ninth Report: MAFF/Intervention Board Departmental Report 2000
610
2.8.00
47
£8.80
Received 20.10.00; Letter of clarification received 30.11.00:
not yet published
Eighth Report: Genetically Modified Organisms and Seed Segregation
812
3.8.00
58
£9.70
Reply awaited
First Special Report: Reply by the Government to the Ninth Report from the Agriculture Committee, Session 1998-99, "MAFF/Intervention Board Departmental Report 1999" (HC 852)
148
17.1.00
6
£2.25
Not applicable
Second Special Report: Reply by the Government to the First Report from the Agriculture Committee, Session 1999-2000, "The Current Crisis in the Livestock Industry 1999" (HC 94)
149
17.1.00
8
£2.25
Not applicable
Third Special Report: Reply by the Government to the Second Report from the Agriculture Committee, Session 1999-2000, "The Marketing of Milk" (HC 36)
424
17.4.00
15
£4.00
Not applicable
Fourth Special Report: The Committee's Work, Session 1998-99
480
16.5.00
58
£9.40
Not applicable
Fifth Special Report: Reply by the Government to the Third Report from the Agriculture Committee, Session 1999-2000, "The Segregation of Genetically Modified Foods" (HC 71)
481
16.5.00
8
£2.25
Not applicable
Sixth Special Report: Reply by the Government to the Fifth Report from the Agriculture Committee, Session 1999-2000, "The Government's Proposals for Organophosphate Sheep Dips" (HC 425)
865
1.8.00
7
£2.25
Not applicable
Seventh Special Report: Reply by the Government to the Sixth Report from the Agriculture Committee, Session 1999-2000, "The Implications for UK Agriculture and EU Agricultural Policy of Trade Liberalisation and the WTO Round" (HC 246)
926
30.10.00
12
£3.40
Not applicable
Eighth Special Report: Reply by the Government to the Seventh Report from the Agriculture Committee, Session 1999-2000, "Horticulture Research International" (HC 484)
927
30.10.00
5
£2.25
Not applicable
Ninth Special Report: Reply by the Government to the Tenth Report from the Agriculture Committee, Session 1999-2000, "Regional Service Centres" (HC 509)
802
6.12.00
16
£4.75
Not applicable
Minutes of Evidence and Appendices: Rural Development Regulation
292-i
29.3.00
39
£8.80
Not applicable
Minutes of Evidence: The Food Standards Agency*
354
13.4.00
19
£5.50
Not applicable
Minutes of Evidence and Appendices: Food from Britain
464
25.5.00
21
£5.50
Not applicable
Minutes of Evidence: The Government's Action Plan for Farming
525-i
28.6.00
20
£5.50
Not applicable
Minutes of Evidence: Agriculture and Environment Biotechnology Commission
625-i
20.7.00
9
£3.40
Not applicable
Minutes of Evidence: The Work of the Forestry Commission
997-i
Not yet published
-
-
Not applicable
Minutes of Evidence: Flood and Coastal Defence: Follow-up
761
Not yet published
-
-
Not applicable
Minutes of Evidence: The Phillips Report and the Food Standards Agency*
762
Not yet published
-
-
Not applicable

*  Evidence taken by the Agriculture and Health Committees meeting concurrently pursuant to paragraph (4)(e) of Standing Order No. 152 (Select committees related to government departments)

Minutes of Proceedings

The Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee for Session 1998-99 were published on 13.12.99 as HC 892, Session 1998-99. The Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee for Session 1999-2000 will be published as HC 770, Session 1999-2000.

Divisions

Date
Subject
24.1.00
Two, on amendments proposed to Chairman's draft Report on the Marketing of Milk.
27.7.00
One, on an amendment proposed to Chairman's draft Report on Regional Service Centres.

Debates

The following Reports were debated in Westminster Hall:

Eighth Report, Session 1998-99, Sea Fishing, and Seventh Special Report, Session 1998-99, Reply by the Government, 2.12.99;

Fifth Report, Session 1998-99, Badgers and Bovine Tuberculosis, and Fifth Special Report, Session 1998-99, Reply by the Government, 10.2.00;
Fourth Report, Session 1999-2000, Environmental Regulation and Farming, 20.7.00.

The following Reports were referred to on the Order Paper as being relevant to a debate in the House:

Seventh Report, Session 1998-99, Outcome of the CAP Reform Negotiations, and Sixth Special Report, Session 1998-99, Reply by the Government, on a Government Motion to take note of a European Document, 11.5.00.

Oral Evidence
Oral evidence was taken at 32 of the Committee's 48 meetings. On none of these occasions was evidence taken partly or wholly in private.

Inquiry
No. of oral
evidence sessions
The Current Crisis in the Livestock IndustryA
0
The Marketing of MilkA
1
The Segregation of Genetically Modified Foods
4
Environmental Regulation and Farming
2
The Government's Proposals for Organophosphate Sheep Dips
1
The Implications for UK Agriculture and EU Agricultural Policy of Trade Liberalisation and the WTO Round
4
Horticulture Research International
1
Regional Service Centres
3
Genetically Modified Organisms and Seed Segregation
1
MAFF/Intervention Board Departmental Report 2000
1
Rural Development Regulation
1
The Food Standards AgencyB
1
Food from Britain
1
The Government's Action Plan for Farming
1
Agriculture and Environment Biotechnology Commission
1
Organic FarmingC
5
Badgers and Bovine Tuberculosis: Follow-upC
1
The Work of the Forestry CommissionC
1
Flood and Coastal Defence: Follow-upC
1
The Phillips Report and the Food Standards AgencyB
1
Total
32


A  The Committee took oral evidence on this inquiry in Session 1998-99; figures appear in the Return for that Session (HC1 (1998-99))
B  Evidence taken by the Agriculture and Health Committees meeting concurrently pursuant to paragraph (4)(e) of Standing Order No. 152 (Select committees related to government departments)
C   The Committee did not complete these inquiries in Session 1999-2000


 
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