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Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (5 March 2014)

Kerry McCarthy: This is the EU year of tackling food waste. Given the absolute scandal of up to 40% of our food being wasted in this country and the huge numbers of people who have to go to food banks because they cannot afford to feed themselves and their families, will the Prime Minister throw his weight behind this initiative and support efforts to reduce food waste in this country?

Business of the House (30 January 2014)

Kerry McCarthy: Given the news of the Crown Prosecution Service’s attempted prosecution of three people who took discarded food from a skip at the back of Iceland—the prosecution has now been dropped—may we have a debate in Government time on the absolutely scandalous levels of food waste in this country in which we can ask the Government to get behind the supermarkets’ attempts to...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Food: Waste (5 December 2013)

Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress his Department has made towards achieving the EU target of reducing food waste by 50 per cent by 2025.

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Food: Waste (3 December 2013)

Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions his Department has had with its European counterparts on the European year against food waste in 2014.

Beef Cattle and Sheep (Carbon Footprint) — [Annette Brooke in the Chair] (26 June 2013)

Kerry McCarthy: ...generous in giving way. Raj Patel wrote in “Stuffed and Starved”: “The amount of grains fed to US livestock would be enough to feed 840 million people on a plant-based diet. The number of food-insecure people in the world in 2006 was, incidentally, 854 million”. I also cited figures about the water footprint. It takes 100 times as much water to produce 1 kg of beef...

Jobs and Business (10 May 2013)

Kerry McCarthy: ...bills. That is backed by the Committee on Climate Change, which has said that “continued reliance on unabated gas-fired generation carries the risk of electricity bills for the typical household being up to 600 higher than under a low-carbon power system over the next decades”. In the remaining two minutes, I want to flag up what has become a topic of particular interest...

Food Waste (24 April 2013) See 2 other results from this debate

Richard Benyon: ...to the debate. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Rugby (Mark Pawsey) on securing it and on his continued work to inform policy makers and the House of important issues to do with food and packaging. He rightly emphasised the importance of the subject, not only from an environmental perspective but in terms of household expenditure. Household bills are squeezed at the moment,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: EU Regulation (7 March 2013)

Kerry McCarthy: When I met the Minister on 10 December last year to discuss my Food Waste Bill, he promised he would give me a copy of the advice his Department had received from the Food Standards Agency about whether the provisions in the Bill to remove civil and criminal liability from good faith donors of food waste would be compatible with EU food safety regulations, as it was suggested by his...

Opposition Day — [17th( )Allotted Day] — Horsemeat (12 February 2013)

Tom Harris: ...Chamber, but I am grateful to the Minister of State for that clarification. I know that the Secretary of State has a busy schedule—he told us so. He said that he was meeting again today with the food industry, his second such meeting in four days. I thought that might be the meeting that took him away from the Chamber, and I would have congratulated him, but I realised that...

Food Poverty — [Sir Alan Meale in the Chair] (12 December 2012) See 1 other result from this debate

Kerry McCarthy: I thank my hon. Friend for giving way, because I know she is under time pressure. One initiative, piloted in Bristol, worked with organisations such as FareShare and FoodCycle, to develop a database of exactly where food waste was, so that it could be linked with the outlets and donated to people in need. It was initiated after a Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs summit. The...

Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill [Lords] (19 November 2012) See 1 other result from this debate

Huw Irranca-Davies: ...by War on Want, Traidcraft, the world development unit, the Country Land and Business Association, the National Farmers Union, NFU Scotland, the Farmers Union of Wales, the Ulster Farmers Union, the Association of Convenience Stores—the voice of local shops—Fair Deal Food, Action Aid, Banana Link, CAFOD—the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development—the Campaign to...

[Mr Christopher Chope in the Chair] — Common Agricultural Policy (1 November 2012)

Kerry McCarthy: ...of greening the CAP. There is criticism outlined in the report about the proposed percentage of a holding that would be included in EFAs, with concern that that would mark a return to set-aside and severely limit increases in food production and competitiveness. However, as many environmental organisations have pointed out, because that could include a wide range of landscape features and...

Business of the House: Badger Cull (25 October 2012)

Kerry McCarthy: That device is completely unhelpful. I have taken an interest in food policy in my time in Parliament—I introduced a Food Waste Bill. Food policy is about farming only to an extent, but people eat food, including in urban areas. Food policy is also about food distribution networks and supermarkets. It is completely ludicrous to portray the issue as one that is just for farmers.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (25 October 2012)

Kerry McCarthy: When I introduced my Food Waste Bill earlier this year, I thought that I was making good progress in convincing the then Minister in the House of Lords of the need for legislation to protect good-faith donors of food to charities from criminal and civil liability, but I now have the impression that DEFRA is trying to hide behind EU food safety standards. What are Ministers doing to move...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Food Waste (11 June 2012)

Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 14 May 2012, Official Report, column 23W, on food waste, if he will meet with relevant experts to discuss how to implement a food waste hierarchy in managing nine tonnes of food waste generated by his Department and the Prime Minister's Office.

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Animal Feed (14 May 2012)

Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will report on the outcome of the review conducted by her Department on the benefits and risks of using food waste in animal feed.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Food Waste (14 May 2012)

Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the amount of food waste generated by the Cabinet Office and the Prime Minister’s Office last year; and what steps he is taking to reduce this.

Written Answers — House of Commons Commission: Food: Waste (21 March 2012)

Kerry McCarthy: To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, if he will take steps to ensure that the House of Commons signs up to the Waste and Resources Action Programme's voluntary agreement to reduce food waste.

Backbench Business: Common Fisheries Policy (15 March 2012)

Ian Paisley Jnr: On the hon. Gentleman’s point about discards and conservationists—as a parliamentarian, he will be interested in the nuances of this— the hon. Member for Bristol East (Kerry McCarthy) yesterday introduced a very useful ten-minute rule Bill on food waste. She said that surplus should be donated and redistributed in preference to disposal. We can apply the same food waste...

Backbench Business: Charging for Access to Parliament (15 March 2012)

Robert Halfon: ...are barely used at lunchtime, so one of them could be closed at those times, saving a fair bit of money. Then there are the properties owned by the House of Commons. I am particularly disturbed about the waste of food in this place, which is absolutely obscene. I therefore welcome the ten-minute rule Bill on the subject of food waste that was introduced by the hon. Member for Bristol East...

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