The MLC has put forward proposals that would guarantee its long-term future, despite suggestions from some parts of the meat industry that it is no longer required. Some argue that, with devolved bodies taking over marketing for the industry in Scotland and Wales, the MLC no longer has a role to play. But in a consultation document sent out to stakeholders this week, it proposed that responsibility for beef and lamb promotion in England should be devolved to a new body and that the MLC should continue as an "overarching British body, providing co-ordination, strategic thinking and a forum for change". Under the proposals a new body dubbed "Team England" would be created to service the requirements of English levy payers. It would be staffed by MLC staff and its main role would be marketing and industry communication. The British Pig Executive would also reduce its remit to England and Wales only, and funds for this, and the beef and lamb body, would be chanelled to them by Team England. Consultation on the proposals closes on June 10 and the MLC is looking to set up the new structure before the end of July. It aims to be fully operational from October 1 {{NEWS }}