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Farmers (Milk Prices)

Petitions – in the House of Commons at 9:55 am on 18th May 2007.

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Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker Liberal Democrat, Lewes 9:55 am, 18th May 2007

The fourth petition is also from Councillor Ann De Vecchi and others of like disposition and represents the concerns of the farming community in my constituency, in particular about the drop in milk prices paid to farmers.

The petition states:

Wherefore your Petitioners pray that your honourable House shall urge the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to introduce a tough, legally binding supermarket code effective for the whole food chain from farm to fork to ensure all supermarkets do not exploit suppliers, farmers or consumers and establish a Food Trade inspector with powers to investigate proactively any abuse of market power.

And your Petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray.

To lie upon the Table.

Photo of Andrew Dismore Andrew Dismore Labour, Hendon

On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. Although my eyesight might be failing slightly, as I look across from my seat at the documents that the hon. Gentleman is reading out, it appears that there are only about half a dozen names on each petition, and I suspect that the handwriting is the same on each, as are the signatures. When the hon. Gentleman reads out his petitions will he tell us how many different people have signed each of them?

Photo of Sylvia Heal Sylvia Heal Deputy Speaker

Order. If the petitions are being presented today in this Chamber that means that those petitions are in order.