UK-grown Produce

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs – in the House of Commons at on 10 September 2020.

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Photo of Danny Kruger Danny Kruger Conservative, Devizes

What plans he has to promote UK-grown produce in the domestic market.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Government are determined to help our farmers and food producers to increase sales domestically and internationally. We welcome efforts from all parts of the food chain to promote UK produce, including the promotional work done by groups like the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board. We have recently co-funded a consumer-facing milk campaign. We continue to work with the AHDB and others on future promotional work.

Photo of Danny Kruger Danny Kruger Conservative, Devizes

I thank the Secretary of State for that answer, which is very welcome indeed. Does he agree that food produced in other countries using techniques that drive up yield and drive down costs but are illegal here in the UK should be subject to import tariffs that make those techniques economically pointless?

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

I do agree with my hon. Friend. The use of tariff policy to protect producers and to safeguard against certain types of production is indeed a legitimate use of tariff policy, alongside other measures such as the sanitary and phytosanitary chapter that we are negotiating.