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Food Standards Agency

Volume 401: debated on Tuesday 18 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health when Sir John Krebs will respond to the letter from the hon. Member for North Norfolk (Norman Lamb) dated 9 January 2003 concerning the Food Standards Agency's Annual Report. [102614]

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his definition is of the term 'subsidiary' as used in the EU document of 10 February (EC Draft 6090/03). [102844]

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has lead responsibility for this proposal on official feed and food controls. I am advised by the FSA that it will seek to ensure that the proposal takes account of the principles of subsidiarity as set out in Article 5 of the Treaty establishing the European Community. In practice this means ensuring that Community action will not go beyond what is necessary to achieve the objectives of the Treaty and that decisions are taken at the lowest level consistent with effective action.