Farming and Food Commission chairman Sir Don Curry emerged from his meeting with chief secretary to the Treasury Paul Boateng, "encouraged by his level of understanding and interest in the [Curry] report". However, Boateng was "obviously non-committal" when pressed directly on the subject of funding. Sir Don met Boateng on Tuesday to urge the Treasury to fund the report's recommendations in the forthcoming spending review. Sir Don said afterwards: "Boateng gave some serious compliments on the quality of the report and I would not be surprised if there was some recognition of that in the spending review." Sir Don added: "I tried to convey to him that there is a real willingness within the industry to make thingshappen. "That we have generated a momentum and energy that has to be harnessed." Speaking at a seminar organised by the Foresight Food Chain Communications Taskforce, Sir Don said he was frustrated by the lack of direction from government to tackle the issue of communicating healthy eating messages to consumers. More joined-up thinking across government departments was essential to get people interested in where food comes from and how to prepare it properly, he added. "What is frustrating is that no one is leading a co-ordinated approach to the challenge. There is too little joined-up activity between DEFRA, the Dept of Health and the Department for Education and Skills." {{NEWS }}