Thursday, 8 March 2001
The House met at half-past Eleven o'clock
[MR. SPEAKER in the Chair]
The Minister was asked—
What steps he is taking to maintain a national veterinary surveillance structure. [R] 
What recent meetings he has had with the Horticultural Trades Association to discuss the impact of rules on packaging on the horticulture industry. 
If he will make a statement on future payments of agrimonetary compensation. 
What steps he has taken to promote openness and transparency in his Ministry's scientific advisory committees. 
How much his Department has allocated to research and development into organic farming methods in the past 12 months. 
What assessment he has made of the impact of regulations on economic links of fisheries vessels on the British fisheries sector. 
What action he is taking to increase woodland cover. 
How many persons are employed on all forms of contract at the cattle traceability centre in Workington. 
The Solicitor-General was asked—
What impact the Human Rights Act 1998 has had on the work of the Crown Prosecution Service. 
What arrangements exist between the Crown Prosecution Service and the police to ensure that victims are kept informed as to the progress of criminal proceedings in which they are involved. 
We now come to written question No. 1.
The Minister was asked—
If he will make a statement on the latest developments in the foot and mouth epidemic. 
Would the Leader of the House tell us the business for next week?
Order read for resuming adjourned debate on Question [7 March].
Motion made, and Question proposed,
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Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. Betts.]
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