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Agriculture and Food Industry — Motion to Take Note (24 July 2014) See 4 other results from this debate

Baroness Northover: My Lords, I am grateful to my noble friend Lord Plumb for calling this important debate, not least because it enables us to emphasise the huge contribution that our farmers and those in our food industry make to the economy. I feel immensely privileged to be answering the noble Lord. This is my opportunity to tell him that, when I was young, I recall my father, a tenant farmer, speaking in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (17 July 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Elizabeth Truss: I thank the hon. Lady for her congratulations. Let us be absolutely clear: the reality is that bovine TB represents a massive threat to our dairy and beef industries. We are looking at the potential loss of over 1 billion of economic growth in our country. We need to look at the best scientific evidence. I have already spoken with the Department’s scientific adviser about this...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Dairy Farming (8 July 2014)

George Eustice: Since its launch in October 2012, the Dairy Code of Conduct has helped to improve contractual relationships between farmers and their milk buyers. The code was developed by the industry and now covers more than 85% of domestic milk production. I regularly discuss the code with industry. I am aware of some concerns that exist about the notice periods for farmers where there are any price...

Rural Economy — Motion to Take Note (3 July 2014)

Lord Trees: ...and naturalist I value that hugely—and nourishes us literally. It is food, livestock production in particular, that I want to concentrate on today. After all, the production value of the livestock industry in the UK 2013 was more than 12 billion. We take food too much for granted. That is hardly surprising when one walks into a supermarket and sees the shelves groaning under...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Agriculture: Bureaucracy (30 June 2014)

George Eustice: DEFRA has taken a number of steps to reduce regulation in the agricultural industry. In January 2014, DEFRA announced proposals under the red tape challenge agriculture theme to scrap or improve 56% of the 516 regulations reviewed. DEFRA is carrying out a thorough review of the visits made by DEFRA and its regulators with the aim of significantly reducing the burden on generally compliant...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Food Supply (30 June 2014)

George Eustice: ...retailers to ensure the UK has the right climate to attract increased inward investment and to enable UK producers to grow and compete on global and domestic markets. To support the agricultural industry to improve productivity and competitiveness, the Government is investing 160 million in an industry-led UK Strategy for Agricultural Technologies. Other activities in support of the...

Bovine Tuberculosis — Question (25 June 2014)

Lord Cunningham of Felling: ...culls of whatever kind—I remind your Lordships’ House that the cost of this problem of tuberculosis in cattle now exceeds 1 billion to the taxpayer, let alone the distress caused to those in our dairy industry who see their herds and livelihoods destroyed at the same time. We urgently need to find a solution and I suggest to the Minister that it should occur in a much...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions: Milk: Prices and Quotas (17 June 2014) See 3 other results from this debate

Michelle O'Neill: The dairy sector makes a very important contribution to the local agrifood industry. To ensure its future sustainability, it is vital that the sector remain competitive and profitable. When milk quotas end, there will be no constraints on production, and future decisions will be taken by the dairy sector in the context of input costs and market returns. Some turbulence in the...

Bill Presented — Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill: The Economy and Living Standards (12 June 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Nicky Morgan: ...he did not stop there, because he summed up so beautifully all the Government’s achievements over the past four years. My hon. Friend the Member for Montgomeryshire (Glyn Davies) talked about the dairy industry in his constituency, and I heard what he had to say. The hon. Member for Eastleigh (Mike Thornton) talked about the increase in the personal allowance. His kind offer to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Farmers and Food Producers (New Markets) (12 June 2014)

George Eustice: All I can say to my hon. Friend, who has been a champion of this industry for many years, is that we are working on many different fronts to create new markets. In the past year, we have opened markets for breeding cattle to countries such as China, for pig meat to Chile and for dairy to Cuba. In the year ahead, we will continue to look at exporting beef to Singapore and poultry meat to Papua...

Scottish Parliament: Breastfeeding (12 June 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Elaine Smith: ...this miraculous substance being celebrated, supported and encouraged to feed their designer food to their babies, big corporations profit from selling an inferior substitute. So, how did that happen? In the late 1800s, improvements in dairy production led to a whey surplus that needed a market outlet: that became the basis for artificial baby milk. It was used not because research had...

Scottish Parliament: Common Agricultural Policy (11 June 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Richard Lochhead: ...the start of negotiations, people thought that the CAP budget would perhaps be cut by about 30 per cent. Thankfully, that did not materialise, and the United Kingdom Government failed to abolish or phase out direct payments, on which our industry relies. However, Scotland has been left at the bottom of the table in payments per hectare—Europe uses that formula to give out the...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (4th Day) (10 June 2014)

Lord Plumb: ..., they varied in their content. Noble Lords will not be surprised that I want to relate my remarks on the gracious Speech to the role of agriculture and the food, forestry, farming and fracking industries in the economy of the United Kingdom—a kingdom which I hope will stay united. There are those among us who are well qualified to talk of industrial growth. We had a very fine...

Written Answers — Health: Eggs (1 May 2014)

Jane Ellison: ...diet as visually depicted in the eatwell plate. The eatwell plate depicts the types and proportions of the main food groups we should eat, one of which is meat, fish, eggs, beans and other non-dairy sources of protein. The eatwell plate applies to most people, including pregnant women. Between the ages of two and five, children should gradually move towards eating the same foods as the...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Agriculture: Technology (7 April 2014)

David Willetts: ...Ambassador for agri-tech, has undertaken the following activities to raise the UK's reputation in agri-tech; to support inward investment and exports: 2013 London— 18 April. Met Hamish Renton, UK dairy specialist, in advance of visit to Qatar in May 2013. London— 29 April. Met the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for...

Business of the House: Bovine TB (3 April 2014)

Owen Paterson: ...the most pressing animal health problem in the UK, and the crisis facing our cattle farmers, their families and communities cannot be overstated. It is a devastating zoonosis that threatens our cattle industry and presents risks to other livestock and wildlife species such as badgers, domestic pets and humans. In 1979 only 0.01% of British cattle tested as infected. The disease has now...

Written Answers — Health: Livestock: Diseases (1 April 2014)

Jane Ellison: ...species is April 2012 to March 2014. Liver fluke is a common parasitic disease of both cattle and sheep in the United Kingdom, caused by the parasite Fasciola hepatica, and is estimated to cost the cattle industry 23 million annually (source: National Animal Disease Information Service). In cattle, infection is more commonly encountered in beef cows grazing poor wet pasture but...

Immigration Bill — Committee (5th Day) (17 March 2014)

Lord Rosser: ...at the lower end, with migrants from the EU’s A8 accession countries of 2004 constituting the largest single group of agency workers. In certain sectors, such as the meat and poultry processing industry, there are examples of British workers facing difficulty registering for work, with some agencies supplying only migrant workers, generally eastern European nationals. While it is not...

Royal Assent: Backbench Business — Badger Cull (13 March 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Daniel Kawczynski: ...a lot of emotional issues with constituents, but in the nine years for which I have been the Member of Parliament for Shrewsbury, one of the most emotional experiences I have faced was meeting a dairy farmer in the village of Snailbeach in the southernmost part of my constituency. I went to see him and spent the day on his farm, where I saw at first hand the terrible suffering that he had...

[John Robertson in the Chair] — Backbench business — Women’s Contribution to the Economy (6 March 2014)

Pauline Latham: ...their products. In the context of the wider local economy, she ensures that all her staff are trained ambassadors for the town of Belper, which is within the world heritage site of the Arkwright mills, where the industrial revolution began. They all can recommend local businesses to those who visit the town. Another business headed up by one of my dynamic female constituents is Jack...

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