Exemption for buildings used as nursery grounds

Part of Non-Domestic Rating (Nursery Grounds) Bill – in the House of Commons at 12:57 pm on 10th July 2018.

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Photo of Marcus Jones Marcus Jones Vice-Chair, Conservative Party 12:57 pm, 10th July 2018

My hon. Friend makes an extremely important and pertinent point. The agricultural industry is very different from many other industries in this country. This country needs to be as self-sufficient as possible in food production, and we also need to consider that it is often difficult for producers in the industry to recover their costs. For example, there has been a perennial challenge for milk producers, which have not been able to realise even the cost of production. That is why organisations such as the NFU are extremely important in bringing such issues to the fore so that we maintain our food security.