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Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Dairy Farmers (12 Mar 2015)

Elizabeth Truss: The dairy industry is a vital part of food and farming and of our national life. With farmers struggling with low prices, we are doing all we can to help with cash flow. We are working with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs to help farmers delay their tax payments; we are urging banks to treat dairy farmers sympathetically; and we have prioritised dairy farmers for payments from the Rural...

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...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: British Food (4 Feb 2016)

Elizabeth Truss: The hon. Lady is right: farmers are facing difficult cash flow at the moment. We are doing all we can to get those payments out as soon as possible. It is the most complicated common agricultural policy that has ever been introduced. We were still getting the final details of it in February last year, but up to 77% of farmers are now being paid, and £1 billion has gone out the door to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Flood Defences: Farmland (4 Feb 2016)

Elizabeth Truss: The hon. Lady should be aware that we have made a farming recovery fund available, and that we have already paid out money to farmers worth up to £20,000 for each farmer. As soon as the floods took place, we looked on satellite mapping, identified the affected farmers and got on with paying them and sorting the issue out.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (17 Dec 2015)

Elizabeth Truss: I met farmers in Cumbria earlier this week. We are identifying the 600 farmers and making sure that we get the basic payments out to them as soon as possible. We have also put in place a farming recovery fund, to which farmers will be able to apply from tomorrow, to give them the extra funding needed to get their farms back to normal.

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...

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 problem...

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: Topical Questions (29 Jan 2015)

Elizabeth Truss: ...diseases; improving the environment; championing the countryside; and rural services. The British dairy industry is world leading, and we are doing all we can to make sure that our hard-working farmers are able to get through this tough period. That is why we are working with the banks and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs to help farmers with any cash-flow problems and ensuring that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Food and Farming (Use of Data and Technology) (10 Sep 2015)

Elizabeth Truss: We have some of the most innovative farmers in the world using technology to improve yields and reduce inputs like water and fertiliser. DEFRA is committed to helping them by opening up 8,000 rich datasets that will help to give farmers the information they need to improve their businesses.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Dairy Farming (10 Sep 2015)

Elizabeth Truss: I understand that our farmers, particularly in the dairy sector, are facing serious issues with low prices and cash-flow problems. That is why I am pressing the European Union to relax controls so that we can pay farmers promptly as well as working to build the British dairy industry of the future.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Farm Inspections (10 Sep 2015)

Elizabeth Truss: I want to see farmers farming, not form-filling. That is why, by June 2016, we will have a single, co-ordinated farm inspection force and a single point of contact for farmers.

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.

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.

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

Elizabeth Truss: This April, farmers will be able to average their tax over five years, enabling them to deal with the volatile prices they currently face. We have also improved the capital allowances regime for farmers and farm businesses. We are not complacent: we continue to work in areas such as public procurement, with our Great British Food campaign, to make sure that we sell more British food here and...

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: Topical Questions (18 Jun 2015)

Elizabeth Truss: My hon. Friend has made an important point. The dairy industry is vital to the future of food and farming. I was delighted when the Chancellor announced in the Budget that farmers would be able to “tax average” over five years, which will help to manage the current volatility. We are also seeing exciting developments in the dairy sector: for example, the producer organisation launched by...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (10 Sep 2015)

Elizabeth Truss: I can assure my hon. Friend that we hold regular discussions with Mark Grimshaw to ensure that we keep our commitment to the majority of farmers being paid by the end of December and the vast majority by the end of January. I am also pushing the European Commission to relax some of the inspection controls to make sure we can pay farmers properly. We need to do that to make it happen,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (10 Sep 2015)

Elizabeth Truss: The details of the €500 million scheme have yet to be decided, but I am clear that it has to go to immediate help for farmers. We know that many farmers are struggling to pay bills and have serious cash-flow issues, so as well as long-term measures such as getting a futures market for dairy to give more confidence and promoting exports, we need to help with cash flow, which I am clear is a...

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

Elizabeth Truss: I was delighted to meet my hon. Friend at the farm shop, and to experience some of the fantastic local produce available and see how the farmer was adding value to products. We want to enable more farmers to do that. Part of our rural productivity plan, which we have launched with the Department for Communities and Local Government, is a review of rural planning to try to remove the red tape...


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