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Clause 11 - Advice

Part of Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:30 pm on 13th December 2012.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Opposition Whip (Commons) 12:30 pm, 13th December 2012

My hon. Friend the Member for Corby raised a very valid point. The supermarkets have got their fingers on the parliamentary pulse. They employ professional PR people—ComRes is an example—who send questionnaires out to us MPs on a monthly basis, asking, “What do you think about the supermarkets?” There is an imbalance: the intelligence that supermarkets are getting about Parliament—about MPs and what we feel—is far greater than the intelligence that small suppliers and farmers get. Anything that can be done to redress that imbalance will be well received by farmers and suppliers.