Results 1–20 of 3837 for speaker:Kerry McCarthy

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Non-domestic Rates (16 Nov 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the business rates relief for properties announced in Budget 2018 will apply to premises in planning use class D2.

Public Bill Committee: Agriculture Bill: Duty to report on international obligations (15 Nov 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: I was waiting for the Minister to get on to the sustainable development goals, because that is where his response is weakest. There is not a clear mechanism. When the Environmental Audit Committee took evidence the other week on the progress being made on the goal to end hunger, we asked four Ministers from four different Departments whose responsibility it was in Government to deliver on...

International Trade: Food and Agricultural Standards (15 Nov 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: What discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on ensuring that food and agricultural imports meet the same standards as domestic products after the UK has left the EU.

International Trade: Food and Agricultural Standards (15 Nov 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: We have heard quite a few times this morning that there will be no lowering of standards when it comes to imports under future trade deals, but the Government rejected an amendment to the Trade Bill to include a non-regression clause. Will they now support an amendment to the Agriculture Bill, which we will be discussing in Committee later today, that would allow for the same so that we can...

International Trade: Topical Questions (15 Nov 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.

International Trade: Topical Questions (15 Nov 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: Exporting companies in my constituency have told me that the Trade Secretary actually asked to meet them, but on condition that they did not discuss Brexit. Even more ludicrously, the Brexit Secretary—not the one who has just resigned, but the one who resigned before that—also said he wanted to meet them, but on the same condition. It is only £1 to go over Clifton suspension...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Offshore Drilling: Seabed (15 Nov 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of environmental impact assessments carried out by the International Seabed Authority for deep sea mining.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Offshore Drilling: Seabed (15 Nov 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what biodiversity studies the Government has commissioned with regard to seabed mining.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Seabed: Mining (14 Nov 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will provide the names of the four independent experts the Government has appointed to advise on deep sea mining.

Public Bill Committee: Agriculture Bill: Fair dealing obligations of first purchasers of agricultural products (13 Nov 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: I hope to be fairly brief. I will address amendment 111 first, because it links directly to amendments 93 and 94. In the event that amendments 93 and 94 are unsuccessful, and therefore the fair dealing measures in the Bill cover only the relationship between a farmer and the first buyer, amendment 111 has been tabled to address a potential unintended consequence of imposing these obligations...

Public Bill Committee: Agriculture Bill: Marketing standards and carcass classification (13 Nov 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: I agree entirely with my hon. Friend. The EU introduced a law in 2004 that required eggs and egg packs to be labelled as to farming methods. That was the result of consumer demand. It did not ban anything, but it gave consumers the information they needed to shop in the way that they wanted to shop. It led to a substantial shift away from cage eggs and 50% of UK egg production is now free...

Public Bill Committee: Agriculture Bill: Marketing standards and carcass classification (13 Nov 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: I have spoken to dairy farmers and organisations such as the Pasture-Fed Livestock Association about the number of days animals would have to be outside grazing to meet the criteria. Nobody is suggesting that they would have to be outdoors year round, round the clock, no matter the weather. That is something that could be addressed in the guidance. The problem with milk is that, at the...

Public Bill Committee: Agriculture Bill: Marketing standards and carcass classification (13 Nov 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: That depends on the criteria set. I have heard 120 days mentioned as a possible benchmark. The problem is not just that the information is not being made available; one of the main reasons I tabled the amendment is that there is quite a lot of misleading marketing that gives consumers the impression that goods are higher welfare when they are not. A pork product from a factory-farmed pig may...

Public Bill Committee: Agriculture Bill: Marketing standards and carcass classification (13 Nov 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: I have no idea why the hon. Gentleman is bringing vegans into the debate, as they do not eat any of this produce and, therefore, I would imagine, are not particularly concerned with where it comes from. The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, chaired by one of his hon. Friends who is a dairy farmer, recommended twice in 2018 “that the Government introduce mandatory method of...

Public Bill Committee: Agriculture Bill: Marketing standards and carcass classification (13 Nov 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: Of course vegans are interested in that, but they are not the consumers who are trying to decide between one pack of sausages and another—unless they are Linda McCartney vegetarian sausages, for example. I think that the hon. Gentleman is trying to take this whole thing off on a tangent. During the referendum campaign, the Government blamed the European Union for tying their hands,...

Public Bill Committee: Agriculture Bill: Marketing standards and carcass classification (13 Nov 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: The hon. Gentleman might want to make a speech after I have finished, rather than an intervention. Nobody is proposing anything like the traffic light system that was suggested for food containing lots of sugar, which I know the Government have not backed. Nothing will be labelled “bad”, but when farmers have put in more effort and spent more money, they want to get a higher...

Public Bill Committee: Agriculture Bill: Marketing standards and carcass classification (13 Nov 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: If people want to choose to buy organic, they can do so. They can do that at the moment. There is not going to be any judgment as to whether organic is better; it is a personal choice. I thought the Conservatives were all in favour of personal choice. On the non-meat varieties of bacon and sausages, we do not object to the taste of things; we object to the fact that animals are killed to make...

Public Bill Committee: Agriculture Bill: Marketing standards and carcass classification (13 Nov 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: No, I do not. I am aware of that move, but I do not think that people are remotely misled. Nobody is going to buy a vegetarian sausage thinking that it has pork in it. It is the same with soya milk and almond milk—everyone knows perfectly well that they have nothing to do with dairy cows. We are underestimating the intelligence of the British consumer if we think that they are going to...

Public Bill Committee: Agriculture Bill: Marketing standards and carcass classification (13 Nov 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: Perhaps that says more about the hon. Gentleman’s ability to read a menu.

Public Bill Committee: Agriculture Bill: Marketing standards and carcass classification (13 Nov 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: I seem to be here to provide light entertainment, basically by giving the lads over there the chance to do a little bit of vegan bashing in the afternoon.


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