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Import of agricultural goods

Part of Agriculture Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:15 pm on 5th March 2020.

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Photo of Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill Conservative, Scarborough and Whitby 12:15 pm, 5th March 2020

I absolutely understand and sympathise with the hon. Gentleman’s objectives. His new clause talks about “agricultural goods”, which presumably includes animal feed. It is pretty much accepted that environmental standards in Brazil, Argentina, the United States and Canada are lower than ours. Would the new clause ban the importation of all agricultural feed, including soya beans and maize, into the United Kingdom, should the exporting country’s environmental standards not be as high as ours, given that those products are mixed, so it could not be done on an individual farm basis?