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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...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture and Rural Development: Pig Meat Market Price (3 February 2015)

Michelle O'Neill: I met the banks just before Christmas to ask them for some compassion and flexibility, initially in relation to the dairy sector, but, obviously that is relevant right across the board, with the pig sector in difficulties too. Whilst I cannot do anything about the market issues that lead to price, we can chase after new markets, as I said. Alongside that, it is about what we can do in-house...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Milk: Prices (2 February 2015)

George Eustice: All operators in the supply chain should receive a fair price for their goods. We regularly bring together supermarkets, processors and farmers through the Dairy Supply Chain Forum to discuss issues such as collaboration, risk management and market volatility. I am meeting industry leaders shortly to discuss what more can be done to get through this volatile period and help to build a...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Milk: Origin Marking (2 February 2015)

George Eustice: ...with European Commissioners in November to press for better country of origin labelling of milk and milk products. We have been encouraging businesses to volunteer the origin of the liquid milk in dairy products through the UK industry Voluntary Principles on Country of Origin Labelling. The Commission is due to publish a feasibility report in February on origin labelling of milk and...

Business of the House (29 January 2015)

Anne McIntosh: ...right hon. Friend use his good offices to ask the Prime Minister to clarify his welcome remarks, in response to a question, on extending the adjudicator’s remit to, as I understand it, the whole dairy industry chain, so that processes will be brought within the supply chain? That will be a very welcome move indeed.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Pork Exports (29 January 2015)

Elizabeth Truss: My hon. Friend is right; there are huge opportunities for dairy in China. Chinese consumers currently consume a third of the dairy products that we consume in Europe, but that is expanding rapidly and the present generation of Chinese children are eating a lot of dairy products. UK products are particularly well respected and I took representatives of dairy companies, including Somerdale...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (29 January 2015) See 2 other results from this debate

Elizabeth Truss: ...are leading the world in food and farming; protecting our country from floods and animal and plant diseases; improving the environment; championing the countryside; and rural services. The British dairy industry is world leading, and we are doing all we can to make sure that our hard-working farmers are able to get through this tough period. That is why we are working with the banks and...

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

George Eustice: ..., 2,500 companies have received UKTI support for exporting, contributing to 305 million of export business won. The Secretary of State recently visited China, and was accompanied by a range of UK dairy businesses who met Chinese buyers, distributors and retailers. In 2014 the Government championed British food and drink in Dubai (Gulfood), New York (Fancy Foods), Paris (SIAL)...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Dairy Farming (26 January 2015) See 1 other result from this answer

David Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will take steps to protect farmers in the dairy industry from the economic consequences of the recent decision by supermarkets to significantly cut the price of a pint of milk.

Business of the House (22 January 2015)

Alan Reid: Dairy farmers in Argyll and Bute produce a very high quality product, but the falling price of milk is causing them and the entire British dairy industry serious problems. May we please have an urgent statement on what the Government can do to help this iconic British industry to survive? Extending the scope of the groceries code adjudicator to include dairy farmers is one action that could help.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Dairy Industry (21 January 2015)

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Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (21 January 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Glyn Davies: The dairy industry underpins the economy of rural Britain, including that of my constituency of Montgomeryshire. The dairy industry is currently in difficulty. Does the Prime Minister accept that the Government must consider all ways to bring stability to this important sector, including whether the powers of the Groceries Code Adjudicator should be extended and strengthened?

Written Answers — House of Lords: Milk (21 January 2015)

Lord de Mauley: The Government understands the concerns of British farmers over the current pressures on milk prices caused by the volatility of the global market. We want a competitive and resilient dairy industry that can take advantage of opportunities. We will continue to work closely with the dairy industry as a whole to manage price volatility. At last week’s farming resilience summit George...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Milk (21 January 2015)

Lord de Mauley: All operators in the supply chain should receive a fair price for their goods. We regularly bring together supermarkets, processors and farmers through the Dairy Supply Chain Forum to discuss issues such as collaboration, risk management and market volatility. At the Farming Resilience summit on 14 January, George Eustice discussed with the NFU and a range of industry bodies how to help...

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