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Prison Reform and Safety: UK Fishing Industry (7 Dec 2017)

George Eustice: I thank the hon. Member for Halifax (Holly Lynch) for her good wishes for us at the upcoming negotiations. I also congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for South East Cornwall (Mrs Murray) and the all-party group on fisheries on securing this annual debate. It takes place at a crucial time, because at this time of year, every year in November and December we have a series of important...

Prison Reform and Safety: UK Fishing Industry (7 Dec 2017)

George Eustice: And Devon—we always miss out Devon and Cornwall, as the hon. Gentleman knows. This industry has vital significance to our coastal communities, but we also know that this is a dangerous occupation. My hon. Friend the Member for South East Cornwall suffered a very personal tragedy in this regard, and I pay tribute to the work she has done since on issues such as marine safety. In 2017,...

Prison Reform and Safety: UK Fishing Industry (7 Dec 2017)

George Eustice: I am going to carry on because I want to cover as many issues as possible. My hon. Friend the Member for St Ives (Derek Thomas) pointed out that the Celtic sea remains challenging. We are doing some mixed fishery analysis there, but the gadoid fishery, with whiting, cod and haddock, continues to create challenges and we are working with our scientists to address them. There have been other...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Pulse Fishing (7 Dec 2017)

George Eustice: There are some concerns about the impact of pulse trawling on certain species of fish, in particular gadoids such as cod. Earlier this year, I asked the Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science to review the science on pulse trawling. The preliminary advice concludes that while the impact on the seabed is typically smaller than for traditional beam trawling, there are some...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Pulse Fishing (7 Dec 2017)

George Eustice: The right hon. Gentleman is right that pulse trawling is predominantly carried out by about 84 Dutch vessels, which mostly fish in UK waters to catch those species. Once we leave the European Union, we will decide the terms of access. That will give us the clarity and the ability to be able to ban certain approaches if we want to.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Pulse Fishing (7 Dec 2017)

George Eustice: The situation with bass is precarious, which is why I and the UK Government pressed for emergency measures three years ago. However, we believe it is important that the current International Council for the Exploration of the Sea advice is benchmarked to take account of measures that have already been brought in. We will be arguing for a more proportionate package this December.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Leaving the EU: Food Prices (7 Dec 2017)

George Eustice: The key drivers of food price changes are exchange rates, weather events and oil prices. These factors affect all countries in the world, whether they are members of the European Union or independent nation states. We therefore assess the impact of leaving the EU on retail food prices to be marginal.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Leaving the EU: Food Prices (7 Dec 2017)

George Eustice: In the 18 months leading up to the referendum food prices fell by 7%, and in the 18 months since they have risen by 4%. Changes in food prices of plus or minus 5% are fairly typical. The fact is that whether a country is inside or outside the EU, the key drivers of food prices—weather events, exchange rates and oil prices—remain the same.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Leaving the EU: Food Prices (7 Dec 2017)

George Eustice: I am aware that the pig industry is very important to my hon. Friend’s constituency. The UK has a close relationship with Denmark. Danish Crown, including its subsidiary Tulip, is a major investor in the UK, and since the decision to leave the European Union it has increased its investment, with the recent acquisition of new businesses. We are having discussions, but we have a strong...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Leaving the EU: Food Prices (7 Dec 2017)

George Eustice: As the hon. Lady may know, I studied horticulture and worked in the horticultural industry for 10 years. As we design a new agriculture policy, there is a real opportunity to support innovation in all sectors, including horticulture.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Leaving the EU: Food Prices (7 Dec 2017)

George Eustice: As my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State pointed out earlier, once we have left the European Union, banning the export of live animals will become a possibility, and we have a manifesto commitment to restrict and control it further.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Leaving the EU: Food Prices (7 Dec 2017)

George Eustice: The key benchmark that Governments of all colours have studied for many years is the Living Costs and Food Survey. We know that over the last 15 to 20 years, the spending of the poorest 20% of households on food has remained constant at about 16.5%.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Leaving the EU: Food Prices (7 Dec 2017)

George Eustice: As I have said, we are carrying out this work, but our current assessment is that the impact is marginal. Economists sometimes make the mistake of not taking account of the fact that we have tariff rate quotas—which means that we already have a high degree of tariff-free trade—and the fact that the commodity price represents only a small part of the overall value of the shopping...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Leaving the EU: Farming (7 Dec 2017)

George Eustice: The common agricultural policy has been a bureaucratic quagmire that has undermined British agriculture and failed our environment. Leaving the EU allows us to bring clarity and purpose to agriculture policy in the UK for the first time for 45 years. We are committed to introducing an agriculture Bill in this Session and will outline further plans next year.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Leaving the EU: Farming (7 Dec 2017)

George Eustice: We will be working with colleagues in the Department for International Trade to open up new markets. There are opportunities, particularly in sectors such as dairy. We have also been very clear that we will maintain the agriculture budget for this Parliament—that is a manifesto commitment—and that we will have a smooth transition from the policy we have now to the new policy.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Leaving the EU: Farming (7 Dec 2017)

George Eustice: I very regularly meet members of the FUW, and we absolutely recognise the importance of tariff-free trade with the EU. That is why this Government’s clear position is that we want a comprehensive and ambitious free trade agreement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (7 Dec 2017)

George Eustice: I thank my hon. Friend for mentioning Rodda’s, which is obviously a world-leading food company. It has been very successful in exporting its cream to the far east and other markets. We are in regular discussions with the Department for International Trade and, as I said earlier, there are export opportunities for our great food producers.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (7 Dec 2017)

George Eustice: Such discussions are part of our planning. We want to put in place a close new partnership with our European partners, and trying to get an agreement on mutual recognition of some of these qualifications would be on that agenda.

Proposed Chicken Farm (Rushden Higham Ferrers) — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (15 Nov 2017)

George Eustice: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Wellingborough (Mr Bone) on securing the debate on an application that has been made for a new poultry development in his constituency. I am aware that it is contentious in his constituency, and indeed that a petition signed by many people is already doing the rounds. I join him in offering my sympathy and condolences to Jenny Harwood, the wife of...

Proposed Chicken Farm (Rushden Higham Ferrers) — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (15 Nov 2017)

George Eustice: As I said, there are two types of permits being sought here. The first is the environmental permits. As I explained earlier, under the environmental permitting regulations, the Environment Agency looks at the environmental issues. It does not look at animal welfare issues, which was the point my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State was making. The second issue is planning, and that is...


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