§ Dr. Whitehead
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what support his Department is giving to the growing of flax as a substitute fibre for glass fibre panels in motor vehicles. 
§ Mr. Rooker
The technical feasibility of using flax in motor vehicle panels was demonstrated in research funded by the Ministry to assess the industrial potential of fibres from UK grown crops. The use of crop derived raw materials is promoted at workshops, seminars and agricultural shows, and through the dedicated Website of the Ministry's Alternative Crops Unit.