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The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government: Sale of Puppies (17 Oct 2017)

George Eustice: I congratulate the hon. Member for Islwyn (Chris Evans) on securing this debate on a subject that is dear to many hon. Members’ hearts, including mine. He gave an account of his first family pet when he was young, and I never give up the opportunity in such debates to talk about Mono, a rather erratic border collie that I adopted from the RSPCA. He lived to a good age and, certainly in...

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government: Sale of Puppies (17 Oct 2017)

George Eustice: As the hon. Lady knows, local authorities already have budgets for such things and departments that deal with animal welfare. We will be addressing exactly what is required by “suitably qualified”. Most local authorities already have people who are suitably qualified, although they might require additional training.

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government: Sale of Puppies (17 Oct 2017)

George Eustice: Local authorities are already required to carry out such activity. They already have animal welfare departments and dog wardens, and they already issue licensing conditions for a range of things. They already have trading standards departments. I think I have addressed that point, so I will move on, because other important issues have been raised.

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government: Sale of Puppies (17 Oct 2017)

George Eustice: If my hon. Friend will bear with me, I intend to return to that issue. I conclude on the licensing point by thanking the many stakeholder organisations and animal welfare groups that have already contributed to our contribution and the formulation of these draft regulations. The hon. Member for Islwyn raised a point about the sale of puppies under eight weeks old, and he said that the first...

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government: Sale of Puppies (17 Oct 2017)

George Eustice: As I pointed out earlier, with the new regulations we are putting it beyond doubt that anyone selling online requires a pet licence. That is how the UK Government can address the issue. The hon. Lady will understand that we do not have jurisdiction over a classified ads operation based in Australia, for instance. What we can do, however, is to ensure that anyone who attempts to sell via the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit: Farming (20 Jul 2017)

George Eustice: Leaving the EU presents a major opportunity for UK agriculture. We will be able to design new domestic policies that benefit British agriculture, the countryside and the environment. We have announced our intention to introduce an agriculture Bill in this parliamentary Session in order to provide stability to farmers as we leave the EU. We have pledged to work with industry to devise a new...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit: Farming (20 Jul 2017)

George Eustice: My hon. Friend makes an important point. Since 2015, DEFRA has opened around 160 new markets to quality British foods. In the future there could be opportunities to export more British produce, particularly meat and dairy. However, as the Secretary of State has made clear, we value our high standards in food production and animal welfare, and they will not be compromised as we develop future...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit: Farming (20 Jul 2017)

George Eustice: I very much agree. One of the great opportunities that we will have after leaving the EU will be the ability to design more effective and better targeted domestic policies to support our environment and promote productive farming.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit: Farming (20 Jul 2017)

George Eustice: The hon. Gentleman makes an incredibly important point. Agriculture is very important to the Northern Ireland economy—its dairy and poultry sectors are particularly strong. I have previously meet the Ulster Farmers’ Union leaders. Indeed, I met one of the dairy companies from his constituency only yesterday. This Saturday the Secretary of State is planning to meet the president of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit: Farming (20 Jul 2017)

George Eustice: Some of these matters are obviously already devolved. I think that everybody recognises that there also needs to be some kind of UK framework to protect the integrity of the UK single market. On leaving the EU, we will take control of our agriculture policy, and there is an opportunity to give all the devolved Administrations more control than they currently enjoy to be able to do that while...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit: Farming (20 Jul 2017)

George Eustice: Yes; my hon. Friend is absolutely right. We believe that there should be careful risk-based assessment when it comes to regulation. We also have a great opportunity to change the culture of regulation. The reality of the common agricultural policy, as it exists now, is that there are far too many complex rules against which farmers are judged. We have an opportunity to simplify that and have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit: Farming (20 Jul 2017)

George Eustice: There is no silence from the Government on this issue—indeed, there was a debate in Westminster Hall just last week where we discussed this issue in detail. We have the seasonal agricultural workers scheme transition group, which monitors seasonal labour requirements. It met in March, it had informal discussions last week, and it will meet again later this week. In addition, the Home...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit: Farming (20 Jul 2017)

George Eustice: The issue with that report is that it has not looked at the issues as closely as we have in DEFRA. We have been studying all these issues at tremendous length. The truth about food security is that it depends on increasing food production globally at a sustainable level and on open markets around the world, and those are challenges whether we are in or out of the EU. There is nothing about...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit: Food Security (20 Jul 2017)

George Eustice: Food security depends on global factors including increasing global production sustainably, reducing waste, and ensuring open markets to facilitate trade around the world. With regard to the EU, we are prioritising securing the freest trade possible, including an ambitious and comprehensive free trade agreement and a new customs agreement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit: Food Security (20 Jul 2017)

George Eustice: The Foresight report to which the right hon. Gentleman refers set out that this country has a high level of food security. We have open markets, and a relatively high level of self-sufficiency as well, although that is not the key factor in food security. The report actually highlighted that there were no issues on food security. As I said earlier, we do not believe that leaving the EU has...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit: Food Security (20 Jul 2017)

George Eustice: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. We made it clear in our manifesto that we want to open new markets and to produce more and export more great British food from this country. He cites some great examples from his own constituency. We continue to press hard to open new markets and create new opportunities.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit: Food Security (20 Jul 2017)

George Eustice: I had a meeting with the Tenancy Reform Industry Group just a couple of weeks ago, where we discussed in detail the issue of tenancy law, including whether we could review the workings of existing farm business tenancies and whether we could do more to encourage models such as contract farming, share farming and franchise farming to create new opportunities for new entrants.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: EU Markets (West Country Food Exporters) (20 Jul 2017)

George Eustice: As the right hon. Gentleman knows, I have a number of leading west country food manufacturers in my constituency, including Falfish and Rodda’s cream, both of which are successful exporters. In addition, we are working closely with trade organisations, such as the Food and Drink Federation, to understand the needs of the industry. We have been clear that we intend to put in place a new...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: EU Markets (West Country Food Exporters) (20 Jul 2017)

George Eustice: As the right hon. Gentleman will know, the UK has a significant trade deficit in food and drink products with the EU, so the EU needs access to our market as well. We have a significant deficit of around £18 billion a year, and I believe it is in the EU’s interests, therefore, to secure a free trade agreement too.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: EU Markets (West Country Food Exporters) (20 Jul 2017)

George Eustice: We have set out plans in this Session for Bills dealing with trade and customs, and those Bills will address the issues that my hon. Friend has raised. I know that colleagues right across Government are working in a great deal of detail on customs issues to secure an agreement.


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