I move amendment No. 1:
In page 2, between lines 15 and 16, to insert the following:
"(4B) One ordinary member shall be appointed to represent the views and interests of consumers.".
This amendment was tabled when the original 1994 Bill was debated. It was not pressed because it would indicate other sectoral interests which might be represented. The amendment seeks direct representation for the views and interests of consumers. As regards the point made by Senator D'Arcy on Second Stage about sectoral interests, it would seem logical that if the producer interests are represented, as they should be, consumer interests should also be. That is why I tabled this amendment. There would be no difficulty finding the numbers, which could be done quite readily.
I know from Senator Quinn's experience, which he will tell us about, that he has panels of consumers who give their views on how things should be done in his shops and on the products on the shelves. That is part of ongoing market research. The consumer is the most important person in all of this in that he or she pays money to consume the products. There are consumer organisations with plenty of experience in this area.
If, as the Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, Deputy Deenihan said on Second Stage, farmers are being levied and are contributing to the marketing exercise, then they have a legitimate expectation to have some input to the policy of the board. What I am saying is not inconsistent with that. If those interests are represented, then this interest should also be.
I would like the Minister to clarify a point he made in his reply on Second Stage about representation from the marine sector. I understood that a second person would be appointed.