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1 region, calls on for advice from time to time so they are
2 designated advisor, and that might mean to ask their advice
3 on specific issues, to help to organise a conference, to
4 speak at the conference, to help convene a conference, that
5 sort of thing. Generally, in my case, in the area of food
6 and nutrition policy, nationally and internationally.
8 My work as advisor to NAS and the Department of Health
9 is regular. That has been going on for about five years
10 and is continuing. I should explain that it is the
11 convention in this country that if you are asked to serve
12 on a committee or to advise the Minister and you have a
13 position, as I have, as chairman of the National Food
14 Alliance, which is the relevant qualification in this case,
15 the convention in this country is that you are asked both
16 as representative of an organisation or constituency and in
17 addition in your personal capacity as an expert. That is a
18 convention that would apply to anybody who was asked to
19 advise government in this field.
21 Q. So your area of expertise was something like food and
22 nutrition policy?
23 A. Food policy or public health or food nutrition and
24 public health, those overlapping areas. That is correct,
25 yes. If what you are getting at is, am I a scientist
26 specialising in the cancer field as a researcher, the
27 answer is no. It is not that I am not expert as such; I
28 have never done such work.
30 Q. Right. So it is the food policy and scientific consensus,
31 and that kind of area?
32 A. Yes, except at the same time it happens that last time
33 I appeared in this Court was about 18 months ago. Since
34 then I have accumulated another 18 months of experience
35 specifically in the field of prevention of cancer by
36 dietary means. That is my main work. My work for National
37 Food Alliance is voluntary. It is not paid, although it is
38 quite absorbing. My work for the World Cancer Research
39 Fund is what I mainly do for a living.
41 Q. Right. OK. Now, before we come to your latest statement I
42 just wanted to touch on a couple of things on your second
43 statement to see if the position has changed or remained
44 the same. Have you got your second statement dated --
46 MR. JUSTICE BELL: 27th September 1994?
47 A. Yes, I do.
49 MR. MORRIS: On page 2 of that statement, at the bottom of the
50 page you talk about "the current state of judgment on diet
51 and cancer". Yes?
52 A. Yes.
54 Q. Then you said: "The evidence on diet and cancer
55 specifically is also voluminous and has been judged as a
56 sufficiently reliable basis for recommendations addressed
57 both to health professionals and the general public by the
58 US National Academy of Sciences 1928 and a number of cancer
59 research bodies in America and Europe." Now, we have then
60 F, you look at the bottom of the page?