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Speaker's Statement: Economic Affairs and Work and Pensions (8 Jun 2010)

Elizabeth Truss: ...working to make sure that it is in future. Agriculture faces problems, not least the Rural Payments Agency, which I want to work to reform, particularly the mapping exercise, which has caused many farmers in South West Norfolk utter consternation. We have two other key market towns in South West Norfolk-Swaffham and Downham Market. I do not know whether hon. Members have heard of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (9 Sep 2010)

Elizabeth Truss: ...organisations carrying out farm visits and inspections, which in south-west Norfolk includes Natural England, the Environment Agency and the Rural Payments Agency, as that places both a burden on farmers and a cost on the Exchequer?

General Matters (21 Dec 2010)

Elizabeth Truss: ...from other disciplines. For example, David Lawrence, who runs the very successful agricultural academy, Easton college, spent 18 months searching for an agricultural engineer. This is a problem for farmers and for the food industry across my constituency, and it is very important to get graduates and skilled engineers into the industry. It is a great industry, and we need to encourage...

Royal Assent: Public Bodies Bill [Lords] (12 Jul 2011)

Elizabeth Truss: Farmers in my constituency certainly want less regulation, rather than more, which will enable them to be more productive and export more crops, and surely the minimum wage is effective cover for protecting workers. We need to ensure greater exports from Britain, which we will not achieve through further regulation.

Deregulation (10 Jan 2012)

Elizabeth Truss: Does my hon. Friend agree that quite often the regulations that we are discussing have a disproportionate effect on small businesses? For example, farmers in South West Norfolk who are struggling with the natural habitats directive have had to have endless meetings with the local council, Natural England and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to sort things out, which is a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Farmers (Bureaucracy) (19 Jan 2012)

Elizabeth Truss: What steps she is taking to reduce the regulatory burden of inspections on farmers.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Farmers (Bureaucracy) (19 Jan 2012)

Elizabeth Truss: Tomorrow I am holding a farming forum in Shouldham Thorpe. What can I tell local farmers about progress towards a single farm inspection regime that would save them time and the Government money?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Rural Mobile Coverage (17 Jul 2014)

Elizabeth Truss: I will be delighted to work with the hon. Lady and the Select Committee; I am very much looking forward to that. We know that 70% of farmers are already processing their payments online. She is absolutely right that some do not have access to online payments at the moment, which is why the Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, my hon. Friend the Member for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Regulatory Burden (Farmers) (17 Jul 2014)

Elizabeth Truss: We are making good progress in reducing regulation. We are putting in place earned recognition, which sees high-quality farmers benefiting from fewer inspections and less red tape, and now 14 out of 31 inspection regimes allow earned recognition. The Food Standards Agency has reduced dairy inspections by more than 8,000 a year and the Environment Agency’s pigs and poultry scheme is saving...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Regulatory Burden (Farmers) (17 Jul 2014)

Elizabeth Truss: I thank my hon. Friend for his congratulations and look forward to working with him on this issue, as I know that he is passionate about getting rid of the red tape that hampers farmers in doing what they do best. We intend to improve or remove 56% of the 516 regulations examined by the agriculture red tape challenge. As Secretary of State I want to continue to work to get rid of red tape and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (17 Jul 2014)

Elizabeth Truss: ...are fantastic products, as is British pork—as an East Anglian MP, I obviously do a lot to promote British pork. I understand that Tesco has entered into a two-year contract with 200 British lamb farmers to help supply British lamb, but I think that we can do more to encourage not only supermarkets to offer local, seasonal food, but people to consume it. That will help our environment and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Farm Regulation (30 Oct 2014)

Elizabeth Truss: Food and farming are vital to the success of our economy. They generate £100 billion and employ one in eight people. We want to enable farmers to spend their time producing high quality British produce, which is why, by the end of this Parliament, we will have reduced the volume of DEFRA guidance by 80%.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Farm Regulation (30 Oct 2014)

Elizabeth Truss: I completely agree with my hon. Friend. We are making our inspection regime much more risk based, so that farmers who do the right thing and who are part of schemes such as Red Tractor or Pig and Poultry get fewer inspections, whereas those who mistreat animals or harm the environment get more of the Government’s attention.

Written Ministerial Statements — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: National Pollinator Strategy (4 Nov 2014)

Elizabeth Truss: .... Our conservation charities, beekeeping associations, scientists and many volunteers already make a vital contribution in protecting these species and the services they provide. Equally, farmers, landowners and local authorities have a central role to play in their stewardship. Many of these individuals and organisations have made important contributions to the drafting of the strategy,...

Written Ministerial Statements — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Agriculture and Fisheries Council (11 Nov 2014)

Elizabeth Truss: ...also be an exchange of views on the Commission’s amending letter No.1 to the draft general budget 2015, which relates to the use of the crisis reserve to fund the support schemes available to farmers affected by the Russian import ban on agricultural food products. There are currently five any other business items: Organic production and labelling of organic products. Peaches and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Avian Influenza (17 Nov 2014)

Elizabeth Truss: ...in the coming days. Detailed work needs to be done so we are continuing to do that. We have seen a good co-ordinated effort from all kinds of organisations, including the industry, the National Farmers Union, the police and the Animal and Plant Health Agency, and we need to keep that up to make sure we stamp out this disease. All the experience of animal disease shows that it is important...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Avian Influenza (17 Nov 2014)

Elizabeth Truss: ...my right hon. Friend that East Yorkshire is most definitely open for business. The restrictions that we have put in place are specifically on the poultry industry. Compensation will be paid to farmers. We will do that in a robust fashion that is properly audited, learning lessons from previous disease outbreaks. My right hon. Friend is right that it is important that we see the value to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Avian Influenza (17 Nov 2014)

Elizabeth Truss: ...for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs since 2010. As soon as we imposed the restriction zone, we put out the message in the media, as well as through many organisations such as the National Farmers Union and veterinary organisations. We want to get the message across to those members of the public who keep poultry that biosecurity measures are very important and that if they have any...

Written Ministerial Statements — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Agriculture and Fisheries Council (25 Nov 2014)

Elizabeth Truss: ...He also urged Greece to consider structural problems in the sector as it had suffered three crises in the last six years and these would reoccur if problems of oversupply were not addressed. Young farmers The presidency presented a short paper on ideas to strengthen EU policies for young farmers. Several member states were interested in the idea of working with the European Investment Bank...

Written Ministerial Statements — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Cap — Single Payment Scheme (8 Dec 2014)

Elizabeth Truss: The window for payments to farmers in England under the EU CAP Single Payment Scheme (SPS) for 2014 opened on 1 December 2014. The Rural Payments Agency paid more customers than ever before on the first day and had already, on the first banking day, exceeded the end of December targets for payments. The agency paid out £1,370,328,624 to 96,669 SPS customers. This equates to 95% of all SPS...


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