§ Mr. James Johnson
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he has yet held the meeting of 169W representatives of the disciplines involved in meat inspection which was offered in the debate on the Poultry Meat (Hygiene) Regulations; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. John Silkin
I met representatives of the Association of Meat Inspectors, the British Veterinary Association, and the Environmental Health Officers' Association yesterday. There was a valuable exchange of views and we agreed to appoint a working group to review the future relationships between the three disciplines over the whole field of meat hygiene, including meat products. All three associations will be represented on the working group, together with officials of the Agriculture and Health Departments, and I propose to chair its meetings from time to time.