§ Mr. Beith
To ask the Minister of Agriculture. Fisheries and Food (1) how many retail premises were visited by the regional egg marketing inspector during his visit to Northumberland on 1 and 2 November; and what was the cost to public funds of the travel involved in this visit;
(2) whether his Department received a request from Northumberland county council trading standards department prior to 1 November for assistance relating to the enforcement of egg marketing rules in respect of the Good Life Shop, Wooler.
§ Mr. Curry
The regional egg marketing inspector visited Northumberland on 1 and 2 November as part of his normal duties. As such, his itinerary included visits to the Ministry divisional office at Newcastle, a meeting with the county council's trading standards department at Alnwick, and providing training at an authorised packing centre in addition to the advisory visit to the Good Life Shop, Wooler. That last mentioned visit was not made as the result of a specific request from the trading standards department, although the inspectorate routinely gives assistance to trading standards departments, and no other retail premises were visited on this occasion.