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Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Sustainable Farming Incentive (15 May 2024)

Robert Goodwill: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what data her Department holds on the proportion of applications to the Sustainable Farming Incentive made in the last 12 months in which more than (a) 25%, (b) 50% and (c) 75% of the applicant's holding was focused on uses other than food production.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Sustainable Farming Incentive (14 May 2024)

Robert Goodwill: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much and what proportion of land covered by applications to the Sustainable Farming Incentive was tenanted farmland in the 2023-24 financial year.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Sustainable Farming Incentive (13 May 2024)

Robert Goodwill: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what data her Department holds on the proportion of land covered in applications to the Sustainable Farming Incentive in the last 12 months which is focused on uses other than food production.

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Farmers ( 9 May 2024)

Robert Goodwill: One has only to look over the hedges of eastern England to agree with those who are predicting the worst harvest in living memory. What assessment has the Secretary of State made of the impact that will have on the wider rural economy—in particular, the availability and price of straw, which is vital for the livestock sector, and important commodities such as potatoes, which are likely to...

Written Answers — Department for Energy Security and Net Zero: Hydrogen: Finance ( 8 May 2024)

Robert Goodwill: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how many submissions to the second hydrogen allocation round her Department received by 19 April 2024; what the total production capacity of the projects in those submissions is; and if she will provide a breakdown of the locations of those projects by region.

Checks on Goods Entering UK (29 Apr 2024)

Robert Goodwill: Obviously, as part of the European Union and the single market, we could not impose checks to ensure that diseases such as African swine fever did not come into the country. The Minister has said that there will be a graduated approach to the introduction of the checks. What is the timescale for ramping them up to a level that he believes will be satisfactory? If consignments are diverted to...

Public Bill Committee: Dogs (Protection of Livestock) (Amendment) Bill: Clause 1 - Livestock worrying: scope and consequences of offence (24 Apr 2024)

Robert Goodwill: I thank the Minister for giving way. We have talked a lot about fines and penalties, but could he advise me whether the court has the power to direct compensation to be paid to the farmers? In many of these cases, the value of livestock is much greater than any fine that can be levied. Of course, the farmer does not get access to the fine money, but they may well need compensation for their...

Food Security (21 Mar 2024)

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Food Security (21 Mar 2024)

Robert Goodwill: It is a great pleasure to follow my right hon. Friend the Member for Ludlow (Philip Dunne), who chairs the Environmental Audit Committee, on which I served for some time. I was pleased that he referred to my Committee’s report on soil health and spoke about baselines on where we are with our soils. A lot of soil testing work has been done in Northern Ireland. As we have heard, although...

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: UK Food Security (14 Mar 2024)

Robert Goodwill: What recent assessment he has made of UK food security.

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: UK Food Security (14 Mar 2024)

Robert Goodwill: Does the Minister share my concerns that a perfect storm may be brewing? With grain prices on the floor, a third of the wheat crop either not being drilled or flooded out, and rape being increasingly difficult to establish, some of the long-term, multi-annual stewardship options are becoming increasingly attractive. And that is not to mention those idiots in Wales taking 20% of land out of...

Walking and Cycling: Government Support (20 Feb 2024)

Robert Goodwill: Does my hon. Friend agree that local authorities often fall into the trap of doing the easy bits—painting white lines on the road—but not tackling those nasty junctions, which are the real disincentive that prevents people, particularly young people, from taking up more cycle opportunities?

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions ( 1 Feb 2024)

Robert Goodwill: I am sure the Secretary of State has seen reports in that about a third of the UK wheat crop has either rotted in the ground because of the wet conditions, or was not drilled at all. Supplies of spring seed are very tight, with many varieties already sold out, and while it is possible for some farmers to use farm-saved seed, it is illegal for it to be traded between farms. Many farmers did...

Trade (Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership) Bill [Lords] (29 Jan 2024)

Robert Goodwill: I was a guest on the Business and Trade Committee last week, and I specifically raised the issue of cheese. If the hon. Gentleman had been paying attention, he would have heard that our tariff rate quota does not exceed the amount we previously exported. Cheese producers, particularly those in Wensleydale, can therefore sleep well at night.

Trade (Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership) Bill [Lords] (29 Jan 2024)

Robert Goodwill: I may have misheard but did the hon. Gentleman just say that the Australia deal was a bad deal for farmers and that it is increasing the cost of food? Australian wine is now certainly cheaper on our shelves, and our biggest food or drink export is Scotch whisky, which always benefits from free trade deals.

Points of Order (29 Jan 2024)

Robert Goodwill: Further to that point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. Parliamentary privilege is exactly what it says on the can: it is a privilege that must be used wisely, not recklessly or for political means. Will Mr Speaker review the use of parliamentary privilege in this case, where there could be, I suspect, a degree of political motivation to make allegations which, as my right hon. Friend said,...

Teesworks Joint Venture (29 Jan 2024)

Robert Goodwill: I wish to inform you that in line with the convention of the House, Madam Deputy Speaker, I informed the hon. Member for Middlesbrough (Andy McDonald) that I would be raising this matter, and we had quite an interesting exchange of text messages—but suffice it to say I wish him a speedy recovery. I have to say, however, that the hon. Gentleman does have previous form on this issue. First,...

Protecting Steel in the UK (23 Jan 2024)

Robert Goodwill: My hon. Friend is making valid points. We have no domestic iron ore mining or, at the moment, domestic coalmining to feed blast furnaces. What we do have, as I observed when I was shipping Minister, is massive heaps of scrap steel in every single port. This is currently being exported to China to come back again as steel. Surely the best way to keep the plant open is to use the scrap steel...

Protecting Steel in the UK (23 Jan 2024)

Robert Goodwill: If the hon. Gentleman is so determined that steel is a resource we as a nation should have, why is the Labour party against the west Cumbrian coalmine, which would mean we would not have to bring in coal from Australia to smelt steel in blast furnaces here?


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