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Agriculture Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 9:06 pm on 3rd February 2020.

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Photo of Nadia Whittome Nadia Whittome Labour, Nottingham East 9:06 pm, 3rd February 2020

No, I will not.

Why has the Secretary of State ignored the sincere requests from Labour Members, from the NFU and from the DEFRA Committee to enshrine in law a guarantee that British farmers will not be undercut through the importing of substandard produce as part of new trade deals?

The Bill needs to say much more about access to healthy, sustainable food. It needs to say more about cutting emissions, and it needs a guarantee that British farming and food standards will not be undercut. I support the reasoned amendment today because the Bill fails on food standards, it fails on food production and, most of all, it fails to tackle food poverty.