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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:31 pm on 20th February 1992.

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Photo of Mr Patrick Thompson Mr Patrick Thompson , Norwich North 3:31 pm, 20th February 1992

Will it he possible to have an early debate on early-day motion 263 in the name of the hon. Member for Norwich, South (Mr. Garrett) and myself?

[That this House opposes proposals arising from the review of its regional organisation by the Ministry of. Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; considers that the proposal to reduce the Ministry's five regional and divisional offices Eastern England to one regional centre at Cambridge will substantially diminish its service to the farming community in that region, will reduce the effectiveness of such conservation schemes as the environmentally sensitive areas and set aside schemes and will prevent the Ministry from implementing EC proposals for reforming the Comnzon Agricultural Policy; and calls for the Ministry to establish a second regional centre in Norwich.]

It criticises proposals for the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to reduce the number of offices in eastern England from five to one. Will my right hon.. Friend particularly bear in mind the fact that the matter needs to be reviewed in the light of the recent volte-face by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food office in Truro?