Product Marketing

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 4th June 1992.

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Photo of Mr Graham Riddick Mr Graham Riddick , Colne Valley 12:00 am, 4th June 1992

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on his plans for improving the marketing of British agricultural products.

Photo of David Curry David Curry , Skipton and Ripon

We are encouraging better marketing through collaboration between producers. The group marketing grant will help them to develop large, professionally managed groups.

Photo of Mr Graham Riddick Mr Graham Riddick , Colne Valley

Is it not a pretty crass piece of marketing to move the manufacture of Wensleydale cheese from Yorkshire to Lancashire? Can my hon. Friend do anything to persuade Dairy Crest to sell the Wensleydale factory in Hawes, either to an outside buyer or through a management buy-out?

Photo of David Curry David Curry , Skipton and Ripon

My hon. Friend the Member for Richmond, Yorks (Mr. Hague) has been actively engaged in this regard. As a fellow North Yorkshire Member, I can only endorse the view that Wensleydale cheese is far better coming from Yorkshire than from Lancashire—but that is true of all the other cheeses as well.

Photo of Dennis Skinner Dennis Skinner Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

What steps will the Minister take to help three farmers in Bolsover to market their products? Does he recall that, nearly 12 months ago, the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food promised the House that they would not lose out? According to Farmers Weekly, the Minister is not going to pay those farmers any more money. They have lost their livelihoods and the Bolsover people are fed up with contamination by dioxins. It is time that those farmers were paid and it is time that a public inquiry was carried out.

Photo of David Curry David Curry , Skipton and Ripon

My right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food has dealt fully with points about the matter on many occasions.