26 January 1996

MAFF methods questioned

LEADER of the House, Tony Newton, will consider an accusation that MAFF is adopting "a back-stairs procedure" to introduce new transport rules.

Lib-Dem rural affairs spokesman Paul Tyler told Mr Newton that the mininstry appeared determined to use a method that would "prevent any parliamentary discussion whatsoever of these controversial proposals".

Mr Newton said he would bring Mr Tylers remarks to the attention of farm minister Douglas Hogg and he would, of course, consider them himself. &#42