The UK's All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for eggs, pigs and poultry, covering the egg, poultry meat and pork sectors, has announced that it intends to hold an inquiry into planning, antibiotics and welfare and is calling for interested parties to submit written evidence.

Group chairman Neil Parish MP says: "Since the establishment of the APPG for eggs, pigs and poultry, we have focused on raising the profile of these sectors. As part of this process, we are calling for evidence to look broadly at what effect the current rules on planning, antibiotics and welfare have."

The group was established in July 2012 to raise awareness of the issues affected the industries concerned and has the support of the National Pig Association, the British Poultry Council, the British Egg Industry Council and the National Farmers Union.