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Prisons and Courts Bill (20 Mar 2017)

Elizabeth Truss: ...included in our performance measures and our empowerment of governors. Governors will be given control of their budget for helping prisoners with their family ties. We have had a report from Lord Farmer, and I am meeting him this week to discuss the matter further. In addition to having work and a home to go to, a supportive family can be a very important part of rehabilitation. Governors...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: June Agriculture and Fisheries Council (14 Jul 2016)

Elizabeth Truss: ...in Luxembourg. Commissioner Hogan made a short presentation with an overview of the various agricultural commodity markets and summarised all the support measures already in place to support farmers. The Commissioner urged those Member States yet to declare their expenditure from the September package, to make full use of it. The UK distributed its share of targeted aid in December 2015 to...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Government Departments: Food (7 Jul 2016)

Elizabeth Truss: All fresh milk served in government establishments and more than 90% of butter and cheese served is made from British milk. This represents £11 million of business for British dairy farmers. We are working with all central Departments to ensure their food and catering contracts comply with the balanced scorecard approach. The Ministry of Justice recently launched a tender for supplying...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Data: Public Availability (7 Jul 2016)

Elizabeth Truss: ..., which means that more than a third of Government data is DEFRA data. This is bringing real benefits to people, providing information about air quality, better flooding data and landscape data for farmers and architects.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Farmers: Support Payments (7 Jul 2016)

Elizabeth Truss: Until we leave the EU it will be business as usual; farmers will continue to receive support payments. We are developing options for future domestic policy. Ultimately this will be a decision for the new Prime Minister. I am working very closely with organisations such as the National Farmers Union, the Country Land and Business Association, and environmental groups, which will have a role to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Farmers: Support Payments (7 Jul 2016)

Elizabeth Truss: I can tell my hon. Friend that 99.6% of farmers have now received a payment. This year, for the first time, the system has had prepayment cheques to make sure that we did not overpay farmers and then end up having to claw back the money. That means that there will be a reconciliation period when we make the adjustments—that is taking place at the moment—so that farmers who had a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Apprenticeships (7 Jul 2016)

Elizabeth Truss: ...to the apprenticeship levy being used by major organisations such as supermarkets and food manufacturers through the food supply chain, so that they can help small and medium-sized enterprises and farmers to take on apprentices.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (7 Jul 2016)

Elizabeth Truss: ...be ensuring that food, farming and the environment have a strong voice in the exit negotiations and in establishing our new domestic policies. Until we leave the EU, it is business as usual for farmers and the environment, and I am meeting relevant organisations to assure them of that. DEFRA’s work continues: we will shortly be publishing the national flood resilience review; we...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: May Agriculture and Fisheries Council (26 May 2016)

Elizabeth Truss: ...and animal disease. Poland introduced the proposed NEC Directive, and described the impact it could have on agriculture. They noted that reducing ammonia emissions would be costly for farmers, particularly medium sized farms. Commissioner Hogan reported that Commissioner Vella was looking for a compromise in trilogues. This statement has also been made...

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Rural Payments Agency (5 May 2016)

Elizabeth Truss: All farmers in England have received their full payment or a bridging payment of half their expected claim. Overall, 90% of eligible farmers have received full payment.

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Rural Payments Agency (5 May 2016)

Elizabeth Truss: I thank my hon. and learned Friend for his question. All eligible farmers should have received a bridging payment by the end of April, and if this is an ongoing issue for his constituent, I would be happy to assist directly. This has been the first year of implementation of the new common agricultural policy system. All payments need to be made within the payment window between December and...

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Rural Payments Agency (5 May 2016)

Elizabeth Truss: I thank my hon. Friend for her question, and I would be happy to assist any constituents who have outstanding issues. We have paid more than 90% of farmers, and the payment window ends at the end of June, so all full payments will have been made by then. The data are now on the system, so next year will be much more straightforward. I add that both Wales and Scotland have made fewer full...

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Rural Payments Agency (5 May 2016)

Elizabeth Truss: I thank my hon. Friend for his question, and I could not possibly imagine what anyone might be doing on 23 June. What I would say, on behalf of all farmers, is that the EU and the single market have brought about massive benefits for food and farming. For example, 97% of lamb exports and 92% of beef exports go to the European Union. There would be a real risk to the future livelihood of...

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Brexit (5 May 2016)

Elizabeth Truss: I can tell the hon. Gentleman that 60% of our food and drink exports go to the EU—that is worth £11 billion to our economy. That is vital income for our farmers and fishermen. If we were to leave, exporters would face crippling tariffs when selling their goods to Europe, such as up to 70% for beef products, which would cost £240 million per year.

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Topical Questions (5 May 2016)

Elizabeth Truss: The Government are taking action to help farmers to manage low prices and market volatility, which is why we have ensured that all eligible farmers have now been paid their full basic payment or a bridging payment for 2015. To help farmers in the future, we have extended the period of tax averaging from two to five years, and this month I am convening farmers, food producers and the European...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: April Agriculture and Fisheries Council (25 Apr 2016)

Elizabeth Truss: ...many of which are already underway such as the opening of new markets with international trade deals. The UK also referenced the work it is progressing with the European Investment Bank to help farmers manage global price volatility and manage risk. Any other business items Germany introduced the AOB item on combating food fraud in the EU, which was an update on a joint project...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: March Agriculture and Fisheries Council (23 Mar 2016)

Elizabeth Truss: ...Hogan introduced the first agenda item on financial instruments and invited the European Investment bank (EIB) to make a presentation. Many Member States highlighted the importance of improving farmer access to money, which would support modernisation, innovation, research and productivity. The UK and Ireland called on the EIB to be more proactive with Member States and for the Commission...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Flood Resilience (17 Mar 2016)

Elizabeth Truss: I very much believe in common sense, and I am happy to look at the case for my hon. Friend’s farmers. I am pleased to say that we have already allocated £1 million from the farm recovery fund to help them to get their farms back in order.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Farming and the EU (17 Mar 2016)

Elizabeth Truss: I believe that farmers are better off remaining in a reformed EU. The vast majority of our exports are to the EU—for example, 97% of lamb exports and 92% of beef exports. As part of the single market, we do not face the tariffs and barriers that we face in trying to export to other countries. That is vital for the health of our farming industry.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Farming and the EU (17 Mar 2016)

Elizabeth Truss: Absolutely. I was at the European Council on Monday, making the case for UK farmers. I want to see investment from the European Investment Bank helping our farmers to increase productivity, particularly in areas such as dairy in producing more products like cheese and butter to be able to add value to our industry.


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