My hon. Friend the Member for Chatham and Aylesford (Jonathan Shaw) the then Minister for Marine Landscape and Rural Affairs announced on 26 March 2008 the creation of a new DEFRA executive agency to be vested on 1 April 2009. The agency will be formed from merging the Central Science Laboratory (CSL), the Plant Health Division (PHD)/ Plant Health and Seeds Inspectorate (PHSI) and the Plant Variety Rights Office and Seeds Division (PVS). He explained that the new science agency would operate in shadow form from 1 April 2008.
I am pleased to announce that the new agency will be called the Food and Environment Research Agency. The role of the new agency is to provide robust evidence, rigorous analysis and professional advice to Government, international organisations and the private sector, in order to support and develop a sustainable food chain, a healthy natural environment, and to protect the global community from biological and chemical risks. The Food and Environment Research Agency will be a key organisation within Government’s strategic science capability and in supporting DEFRA’s strategic priorities to:
Secure a healthy natural environment for us all and deal with environmental risks
Promote a sustainable, low-carbon and resource-efficient economy
Ensure a thriving farming sector and a sustainable, healthy and secure food supply