§ Hugh Robertson
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress is being made over proposals to amend the EC marketing standard for apples and pears. 
§ Mr. Morley
[holding answer 8 April 2003]The EU Commission tabled further proposals to amend the marketing standard for apples and pears at a meeting of member states' experts on 28 March. Our Horticultural Marketing Inspectorate is consulting widely on these proposals.