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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...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Dairy Farming (23 March 2015) See 1 other result from this answer

Lord Temple-Morris: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effect of sanctions on the United Kingdom dairy industry in terms of the loss of exports and their value to the United Kingdom industry.

Ways and Means — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (20 March 2015)

James Paice: ...to the Treasury, my hon. Friend the Member for Witham (Priti Patel), who I assume will respond to the debate, to look carefully at the start date. The situation is dire today. Farmers, particularly those in the dairy sector are losing a lot of money, and if the new system does not start until April 2016 it will miss the people who need help now. I hope she will look again at the start...

Ways and Means: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (18 March 2015)

Jim Shannon: One way of helping, which was announced by the Chancellor today, is the plan for farmers to spread their profits and losses over five years. As my hon. Friend will know, in Northern Ireland the dairy industry in particular is having a difficult time. It had to reinvest because of the EU regulations on slurry retention and disposal and also deal with a clear problem with the price of milk. The...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture and Rural Development: Dairy Technology (16 March 2015) See 3 other results from this debate

Roy Beggs: In the Republic of Ireland, there is a very clear ambition to significantly increase the dairy sector and invest in practical research that will enable that to happen. Rewards will come to the producer and the manufacturing process industry. Will the Minister give us a figure of what has been invested in Northern Ireland? How has it been coordinated?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture and Rural Development: Brucellosis-free Status (16 March 2015)

Michelle O'Neill: ...2 March 2015. I hope that OBF status will be granted later this year, meaning that the whole island of Ireland will be recognised as free from the disease. This represents fantastic news for our dairy and beef farmers. Achieving OBF status would allow us to proportionately and progressively reduce our existing control measures, such as annual testing and pre-movement testing. The...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Dairy Farming (16 March 2015) See 1 other result from this answer

William McCrea: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to assist the dairy industry; and what discussions she has had with the devolved administrations on that matter.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Dairy Farmers (12 March 2015)

Elizabeth Truss: The dairy industry is a vital part of food and farming and of our national life. With farmers struggling with low prices, we are doing all we can to help with cash flow. We are working with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs to help farmers delay their tax payments; we are urging banks to treat dairy farmers sympathetically; and we have prioritised dairy farmers for payments from the...

Business of the House: Welsh Affairs (5 March 2015) See 3 other results from this debate

Stephen Crabb: ...and the contribution that Plaid Cymru made to the process. My hon. Friend the Member for Ceredigion (Mr Williams) made a great speech. The first Westminster Hall debate that I secured, almost 10 years ago, when I was first elected, was on the future of the dairy industry. He made a powerful contribution in that debate about the dairy industry in Wales. I guess it is sad that we are still...

British Agriculture — Question for Short Debate (26 February 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Lord de Mauley: ...the beneficiary of the common agricultural policy. My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has repeatedly emphasised her vision for our farming industry to be the best in the world. Indeed, at the NFU conference earlier this week, which has been much mentioned in this debate, she set out a long-term economic plan for food and farming...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture and Rural Development: Pig Processing: Price-fixing (24 February 2015)

Michelle O'Neill: Yes, absolutely. I held a meeting with the pig industry back in January. They advised that being able to export to Australia and China would enable the processors to pay more for their pigs, due to the returns for these markets. Therefore securing approval to export may mitigate the impact of other market forces, however it would obviously still be a commercial issue between the processor...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture and Rural Development: Bovine TB (24 February 2015)

Michelle O'Neill: ...cattle, removing infected animals and reducing the risk of disease spread through movement controls and other biosecurity measures. The same disease-control measures are applied to beef and dairy herds. Every TB breakdown is subject to an epidemiological assessment by a DARD veterinary officer, and specific public and animal health advice is provided. In addition, disease-control...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Small Farm Companies (12 February 2015)

Anne McIntosh: I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for referring to the Select Committee report. Unfortunately, one year might be too late for the many dairy farmers going out of business. Will he undertake an immediate and urgent review into extending the remit of the GCA to indirect supply chains, such as those in the dairy industry, as well as direct supply chains with supermarkets?

Public Bill Committee: National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill: Clause 1 - Duty on the Secretary of State to promote comprehensive health service based on social solidarity (10 February 2015) See 1 other result from this clause

Jacob Rees-Mogg: ...in their personal conduct, nor provide unsolicited advice on diet or behaviour, nor to spend public funds on propaganda, nor to discriminate against specific foodstuffs, nor detrimentally to affect any lawful industry;” Hon. Members will notice that with the help of the Clerks, I managed to avoid a split infinitive in those last few words, which I am sure that the Committee is...

[Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] — Dairy Industry (4 February 2015) See 24 other results from this debate

George Eustice: ...debate. Given the sheer number of Members who have wanted to speak today, it is clear that he has touched a nerve and alighted on a serious problem, which is the current state of affairs in the dairy industry. I am well aware that many dairy farmers are suffering at the moment. Yesterday, I was in Cumbria and I met a group of dairy farmers there. Earlier this year, the issue dominated...

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