Extension of appointments to the Meat and Livestock Commission (MLC)

Farming minister Jeff Rooker has extended the appointments of the MLC chairman, Peter Barr CBE, and commissioners up to 31 March 2008, when there will be a radical restructuring of the five levy boards, including the MLC.

The appointments for commissioner for Scotland, Donald Biggar, and Wales, Rees Roberts, have also been extended until the same date, with the approval of the Scottish and Welsh Ministers respectively.

The commissioners are: Paul Kirk (deputy chairman), Professor Richard Moody (chairman of the consumers committee), Helen Browning OBE, Richard Cracknell, John Cross, Dr Kevin Hawkins OBE, Stewart Houston and Neil Stoddart.

Rooker said: "I am pleased that Peter and the MLC Board of Commissioners have agreed to stay on and provide continuity until the new levy board arrangements are in place.

"There continues to be a great deal of work to help the industry adapt to changes, such as CAP reform and the Sustainable Farming and Food Strategy."