Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Session 2002-03
18 June 2003 The Future of London Wholesale Markets


Session 2002-03
18 June 2003 The Future of London Wholesale Markets

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee today announced a short inquiry into the Future of London Wholesale Markets.  The inquiry will follow up on the issues raised by its predecessor Committee, the Agriculture Committee, in its March 2001 Report on the New Covent Garden Market ( HC 173, 2000-01).  In this Report, the Committee recommended an independent review of the provision of wholesale markets.  The Government accepted the recommendation and in June 2002, Lord Whitty, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at Defra, appointed Nicholas Saphir to carry out a review.  Mr Saphir farms in Kent and is a director and advisor to several international farming and food companies.  He published his report in October 2002.  The Government is due to respond to the review on Friday 20 June. *

A Sub-committee, chaired by Michael Jack MP, will carry out the inquiry on behalf of the main Committee.  The witnesses for the oral evidence sessions will be:

Monday 30 June - 2.10 pm
Corporation of London; and the Covent Garden Market Authority

Monday 14 July  - 2.10 pm
Nicholas Saphir; and Lord Whitty, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Defra

The members of the Sub-committee are Mr Michael Jack MP (Chairman), Mr David Borrow MP, Mr David Curry MP, Mr David Drew MP, Mr Austin Mitchell MP, and Paddy Tipping MP.


Defra has given notice of a written ministerial statement on the review of London wholesale markets.  It will be published in Hansard on Friday 20 June.

Further details of the Committee, including its current membership, can be found on the Committee's homepage .   This link also provides further links to reports published by the Agriculture Committee.  Information about the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee can also be obtained from 020 7219 3262.