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Bill Presented: Backbench Business — Christmas Adjournment (18 December 2014)

Neil Parish: ...about that, it is about to hire a barrister and take him to court to get him to pay the business rates. I think that is an abuse of power by those in authority. My last point is about the huge problems facing dairy farmers in my constituency and across the country. The price of milk is falling to 24p and below, but the cost of production is at least 30p. Farmers need support. I urge the...

Written Ministerial Statements — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Bovine TB (18 December 2014)

Elizabeth Truss: ...on the measures we have taken to tackle TB in cattle since we published our strategy in April 2014. Between 1997 and 2010, TB in cattle increased ninefold, threatening the future of our beef and dairy industries and our food security. England has the highest incidence of TB in Europe, and that is why we are taking strong action to beat the disease. This Government are pursuing a...

Bombardment of the Hartlepools (16 December 2014)

Iain Wright: ...Navy into a confrontation that might reduce the capacity of the British fleet against its German counterpart. In addition, Germany hoped to inflict damage on Britain’s ports and coastal defences; reduce her industrial capability by damaging capacity and infrastructure; and, in perhaps the first example of mass and dramatic propaganda in modern warfare, demonstrate to the British...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Dairy Farmers (11 December 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

George Eustice: My hon. Friend makes a good point. At current prices many farmers are indeed making a loss, and at the dairy supply chain forum we discussed volatility. The last two years have been a rollercoaster ride for the dairy industry—it had a dire year in 2012, last year was very good, but this year is bad again. We have considered whether we can develop a successful futures market, for example...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Dairy Products: Prices (10 December 2014) See 1 other result from this answer

William McCrea: ...ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she last met the Agriculture and Rural Development Minister for Northern Ireland to discuss the volatility of prices in the dairy industry.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Dairy Farming (10 December 2014) See 1 other result from this answer

Guy Opperman: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to support the UK dairy industry.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Dairy Products (8 December 2014)

Jo Swinson: The jurisdiction of the Groceries Code Adjudicator already extends to direct suppliers of the large supermarkets in the dairy supply chain. I have no plans to bring forward proposals to extend its remit. The Adjudicator was created under the Groceries Adjudicator Act 2013 to oversee and to enforce the Groceries Supply Code of Practice. The Code applies to the ten largest grocery...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Groceries Code Adjudicator (8 December 2014)

Michael Weir: ...the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, on how many occasions the Groceries Code Adjudicator has met stakeholders engaged in production and processing within the (a) egg and (b) dairy industry in 2013-14.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Groceries Code Adjudicator (8 December 2014)

Michael Weir: ...State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether the Groceries Code Adjudicator has undertaken research pursuant to the launch of an investigation into issues connected with the (a) egg and (b) dairy industry.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Groceries Code Adjudicator (8 December 2014)

Michael Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if the Groceries Code Adjudicator will make it his policy to prioritise work relating to the (a) egg and (b) dairy industry.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Dairy Farming (8 December 2014) See 1 other result from this answer

Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of (a) the possibility of establishing a dairy futures market and (b) other options in reducing price volatility in the dairy industry; and if she will make a statement.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Dairy Farming (8 December 2014) See 1 other result from this answer

Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the Russian ban on EU agricultural products on the British dairy industry; and if she will make a statement.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Dairy Products: Imports (8 December 2014)

George Eustice: We have worked closely with the dairy industry to produce the ‘Leading the Way’ Growth Plan, launched in June 2014. The Plan aims to eliminate the dairy deficit by value by 2025, including growing the UK’s share of the domestic market by displacing imports. We discussed the Growth Plan and how industry might address the dairy trade deficit at the Dairy Supply Chain Forum on...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Dairy Farming (4 December 2014) See 1 other result from this answer

Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to reduce price volatility in the dairy industry; and if she will make a statement.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Dairy Products: Marketing (4 December 2014)

George Eustice: The Government offers no direct financial support to marketing of milk and other dairy products. The industry is doing its own work on promoting milk consumption across all age groups through campaigns such as “Make Mine Milk” which is part funded by the EU. DairyCo is the levy funded body for the dairy sector. Their total annual budget is approximately 8m and 500,000...

Isil: EU Food Imports (2 December 2014)

Margaret Ritchie: Russia’s ban on EU food imports has contributed to the creation of an imbalance between market demand and supply in the dairy industry, particularly in Northern Ireland, where we rely greatly on exports. In view of that, will the Minister have immediate discussions with his ministerial colleagues in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with a view to pursuing other...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Milk: Prices (28 November 2014)

Jo Swinson: ...over the current pressures on milk prices. That is why my hon Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs brought forward and chaired a meeting of the Dairy Supply Chain Forum last week. Members, which include retailer representatives, discussed the recommendations made in the recent independent review of the dairy industry voluntary Code...

[Mr Jim Hood in the Chair] — Food Security (27 November 2014) See 3 other results from this debate

George Eustice: ...measure to use for food security. Global food security depends on free trade as much as it does on sustainable production. The UK Government’s position is clear: we want a successful, vibrant farming industry and a sustainable increase in food production. We are doing a huge amount to promote exports and to try to open new markets for our products. We are also keen to deliver import...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Dairy Farming (27 November 2014) See 1 other result from this answer

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to encourage supermarkets to better support the UK dairy industry.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Dairy Farming: Northern Ireland (24 November 2014) See 1 other result from this answer

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she has had discussions with representatives of the dairy industry in Northern Ireland on financial difficulties facing dairy farmers; and if she will make a statement.

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