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Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Exports (29 June 2015)

George Eustice: The Department worked closely with UKTI, the industry and the devolved regions to develop the UK Exports Action Plan, which we launched in October 2013. This Plan identified a number of target markets. The devolved regions are involved in identifying priority markets through our Exports Sector Groups for red meat, poultry and dairy. We have opened over 600 new markets for animal and animal...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Food and Farming Sector (18 June 2015)

George Eustice: My hon. Friend highlights a real problem with dairy at the moment. We have had a very difficult year, following a very good year last year. The long-term prospects for the industry are good: demand is growing by about 2% a year, and the Government are making it easier for farmers to average their tax, working with the National Farmers Union to develop futures markets to help farmers manage...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Public Sector Food Procurement (18 June 2015)

Elizabeth Truss: ...and sell more British food. We produce fantastic food in this country. At the moment, for example, we are importing two third of our cheese. There is more we can do to encourage investment in the dairy industry and we have a massive opportunity with exports. By 2018, China will be the world’s biggest food importer, and we have just put in place a food and agriculture counsellor in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (18 June 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Glyn Davies: All sectors of the livestock industry, which is hugely important in Montgomeryshire, are struggling with low prices, and that includes milk producers. The Minister said earlier that he saw a positive long-term outlook, but many dairy farmers will not survive in the long term. What steps are the Government taking to help to ensure that all livestock farmers can compete internationally on a...

Trade and Investment — Motion to Take Note (15 June 2015)

Lord Risby: ...is exactly for that reason that he will be enormously valuable in discussions and debates in your Lordships’ House, and in the crucial role that he now enjoys in government. We have a brilliant service industry in this country—the best in the world, in many respects. This certainly is not the moment to discuss the whys and wherefores of the calamity that struck this country in...

Food Waste — [Mr Christopher Chope in the Chair] (11 June 2015)

Kerry McCarthy: ..., rather than portions for one person, can also add to food waste. The current lever for encouraging food businesses to reduce their waste—the Courtauld agreement, which is facilitated by WRAP—is voluntary and industry led. The industry set itself a very low voluntary target under phase 3 of Courtauld, which runs from 2013 to 2015. The target was to reduce household food waste...

Business of the House: European Union (Finance) Bill (11 June 2015)

George Kerevan: .... In East Lothian, we have a saying, which has been current for several hundred years, which is that East Lothian is the garden of Scotland, and it is. In the east of the constituency, lush volcanic soil has created wonderful arable agriculture and great dairy farms. To the south are the dark Lammermuir hills, which keep the wind off and on which the sheep still graze. To the north, there...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Dairy Farming: Government Assistance (9 June 2015) See 1 other result from this answer

Jonathan Edwards: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with the Welsh Government on efforts to help the dairy industry.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Dairy Farming (9 June 2015)

George Eustice: Farmers are under real pressure because of the fall in global dairy prices. There is no magic bullet, but the Government is doing all it can to support the industry and boost dairy exports which are now at record levels. We have committed to extending the current system of tax averaging – for the first time farmers will be able to average out the tax they pay on their profits from...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Scotland Bill (8 June 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

David Gauke: ...one was missed off I am sure that someone will notice. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Eddisbury (Antoinette Sandbach) on an excellent speech in which she spoke passionately about childcare, the dairy industry, and, indeed, devolution. She mentioned that she did not have an entirely successful introduction to being a Member of Parliament in terms of the tug-of-war...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control (8 June 2015)

George Eustice: ...culled in 2014 was 341 in Somerset and 274 in Gloucestershire. The costs for 2014 are still being collated and will be published in due course. Bovine TB threatens the future of our beef and dairy industries and is estimated to cost the taxpayer 1 billion over the next 10 years. This is why we will continue to pursue our comprehensive strategy to eradicate TB in England by 2038.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: World Milk Day (8 June 2015)

George Eustice: Defra issued a number of supportive statements through social media to promote World Milk Day and highlight some of the key features of the UK milk industry, including the scale of UK production and the latest information on dairy exports. In particular, we celebrated the important contribution of UK dairying to the economy and as a key source of calcium in UK diets.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Food: Consumption (3 June 2015)

George Eustice: This Government is helping to grow the UK’s food and drink industry, which remains the country’s biggest manufacturing sector contributing 103 billion a year to our economy and employing 1 in 8 people. Consumers both here and abroad want to buy great British food and drink. We are championing British produce overseas using the GREAT campaign, supporting companies to increase...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (4th Day) (2 June 2015) See 3 other results from this debate

Lord Bates: ...sometimes reacting in a knee-jerk way—but in a careful and steady way. It is something that we need to look at. There were many contributions about the rural economy, and we are of course committed to maintaining it. We are aware of the pressures, to which my noble friend Lord Plumb referred, on the industry, particularly the dairy industry, at this time and the importance of the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture and Rural Development: Bovine Viral Diarrhoea: Compulsory Testing (26 May 2015)

Michelle O'Neill: ...of the eradication programme without the need for further public funding. This is important, not only because of the pressures on available public funding, but because of the need for industry to lead in tackling this production disease. Significant progress on this issue has been made recently, and Animal Health and Welfare NI has presented a draft of its viability and sustainability...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Enterprise, Trade and Investment: Agrifood: Going for Growth Strategic Action Plan (11 May 2015)

Arlene Foster: The agri sector and food sector is the only part of industry in Northern Ireland that has its own division in Invest NI, and that is headed up by a senior official called John Hood. So, there is already a person in place to deal with all those issues. John has been out meeting a number of agrifood companies throughout Northern Ireland, and I am sure that he will be at the Royal Ulster...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: European Scrutiny Priorities 2015 (13 April 2015)

William Irwin: ...area and accounts for a large proportion of the EU budget. It has gone through a major reform, and how the EU funding is allocated is of great concern to not just the Committee but our farming industry. CAP pillar 1 is worth approximately 270 million to 280 million a year. That is a significant sum of money, and we intend to oversee how it is distributed. That funding makes...

Elections for Positions in the House: Backbench Business — Valedictory Debate (26 March 2015)

Stephen O'Brien: ...that we share, which are the essence of the job—to represent those constituents and all constituents once we are elected. That is what I have found most rewarding, whether through championing the dairy industry and the wider agricultural economy, or dealing with the challenging issues that have arisen in the largest town in my constituency, Winsford. I will always be grateful to all...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Dairy Farming (25 March 2015)

George Eustice: Data is only available on the total number of dairy farms each year so this only shows the net change, rather than the separate numbers of entries and exits from dairy farming. The latest data available on the number of dairy farms in England is for the period from December 2013 to December 2014 and is shown below. The change in the number of farms will include new holdings which are...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: March’s Agriculture and Fisheries Council (25 March 2015)

George Eustice: ...to consider stronger crisis management tools. I stressed that further work was needed to identify and develop new markets and urged the Commission to come forward with its feasibility study on dairy country of origin labelling as soon as possible. Commissioner Hogan acknowledged the difficulties in some parts of the sector but expressed optimism about global demand in the future. He also...

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