Results 1–20 of 3233 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:George Eustice

Dangerous Dogs Act: Staffordshire Bull Terriers — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (16 Jul 2018)

George Eustice: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Walker. I congratulate the hon. Member for Warrington North (Helen Jones) on the way she introduced the debate. The petition has attracted more than 160,000 signatures, which shows how strongly people feel about this issue. I understand that the petition was a reaction to a submission made by PETA to the ongoing inquiry on dangerous dogs...

Dangerous Dogs Act: Staffordshire Bull Terriers — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (16 Jul 2018)

George Eustice: The hon. Gentleman makes an important point. There are instances of attacks by dogs that are on the list, but were not muzzled in public, for example. I was aware during my time of pet dogs that were killed because people had failed to muzzle in public dogs that were on the exempt list. It is also the case, however, that the vast majority of attacks are carried out by dogs that are outside...

Dangerous Dogs Act: Staffordshire Bull Terriers — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (16 Jul 2018)

George Eustice: I very much agree with the hon. Gentleman. It is because of atrocious cases of the sort that he has described that I have always wanted the maximum sentence for the most egregious cruelty to animals to be raised. It is now Government policy to increase the maximum penalty to five years. We have always had in mind that activities such as dog fighting would be one of the key targets for that...

Dangerous Dogs Act: Staffordshire Bull Terriers — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (16 Jul 2018)

George Eustice: To reiterate what I said earlier, the Government have no plans at all to add the Staffordshire bull terrier to the prohibited list. We have been clear about that in response to the e-petition. We have trained police officers who are skilled in identifying the breed and type of dogs, in particular the pit bull terrier, which is the main banned breed that we are concerned with. In addition to...

Dangerous Dogs Act: Staffordshire Bull Terriers — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (16 Jul 2018)

George Eustice: I had thought we were going to finish on a note of consensus. We can all agree that the Staffordshire bull terrier should not be put on the banned list. The Government have been clear about that. On my hon. Friend’s final point, the Government are not persuaded at the moment that there is a case for change. I discuss the issue regularly with Lord Gardiner and, as I said, it is complex....

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Protected Geographical Indications: Export Value (12 Jul 2018)

George Eustice: I have regular discussions with the Secretary of State for International Trade and others on promoting the UK’s food and drink abroad, including those foods with geographical indications. Food and drink with GIs represents about 25% of UK food and drink exports by value, with Scotch whisky being the largest by far. Those play an important role as exemplars of quality British produce.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Protected Geographical Indications: Export Value (12 Jul 2018)

George Eustice: I simply say to the hon. Gentleman that we are clear that initially, through the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, all of our protected food names will come across and be protected in UK law. We are absolutely committed to ensuring that we maintain all our protected food names, and we have some 70 right across the country. I know that some, particularly salmon and Scotch whisky, are...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Protected Geographical Indications: Export Value (12 Jul 2018)

George Eustice: Yes, and I would like to pay tribute to the work that the Scottish Conservative MPs have done to highlight these important issues. On Scotch whisky, we, along with the Department for International Trade, have done a lot of work with other Departments to ensure that we highlight the importance of these vital brands.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Protected Geographical Indications: Export Value (12 Jul 2018)

George Eustice: I am not aware there is a precedent anywhere else in the world of giving a country access to your waters—to your own resources—in return for trade agreements. That is just not the way it works. There will be a discussion and an agreement on the management of shared fisheries stocks, and we are clear in our White Paper that we will manage our own exclusive economic zone and control...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Leaving the EU: Food Quality Standards (12 Jul 2018)

George Eustice: As a country, we are proud of our high food safety and animal welfare standards, and we have no intention of undermining our reputation for quality by lowering our food and animal welfare standards in pursuit of trade deals.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Leaving the EU: Food Quality Standards (12 Jul 2018)

George Eustice: The existing food safety provisions on issues such as chlorinated chicken will come across through the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018. We have always been clear that we will not water down our standards in pursuit of trade deals. The general approach is that if one is a guest in another country seeking to do business there, then one should adopt and abide by the customs and rules in...


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