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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.

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

Elizabeth Truss: I completely agree with my hon. Friend. If we look at the UK lamb industry, we will see that 40% of all the lamb produced by British farmers goes to the EU. That supports not just the farmers but our rural landscape and countryside. The fact is that no single country that is not a full member of the EU has tariff-free, hassle-free access to that market. Norway has to pay tariffs and pay into...

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: 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...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Agenda for March Agriculture and Fisheries Council (10 Mar 2016)

Elizabeth Truss: ...Commission and other Member States to take a fresh look at the way in which we audit and control the Common Agricultural Policy in order to simplify arrangements and reduce the burdens placed on farmers whilst providing proper protection for public money. There are currently two additional confirmed Any Other Business items tabled for this Council: - “Hybrid” nutritional labelling...

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: British Food (4 Feb 2016)

Elizabeth Truss: ...the Blackmore Vale dairy, and to see what they have to offer as well as using the Great British Food Unit to promote them both here and overseas. We are working to reduce regulation on our food and farmers, and over the course of this Parliament we are looking to reduce the costs by £500 million, so that we can see more new businesses opening, more exporting and more selling their...

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 (4 Feb 2016)

Elizabeth Truss: I completely agree with my hon. Friend. A number of farmers are facing cash-flow issues, which is why we are putting as much resource as possible into the RPA. We are now up to 77%, and we have paid out £1 billion. The cases that we are now dealing with are the more complicated ones, including those involving commons land and cross-border land, which take extra time. As I have pointed out,...

Opposition Day — [14th Allotted Day] — Universal Credit Work Allowance: Flooding (6 Jan 2016)

Elizabeth Truss: ...to provide immediate help. We moved temporary flood barriers to the region, and we moved pumps across the country to support the response effort. Funding to support the communities, businesses and farmers who were flooded has been provided in record time, within three days of the flooding occurring. Money is now with the local authorities so that they can help people as soon as possible....

Opposition Day — [14th Allotted Day] — Universal Credit Work Allowance: Flooding (6 Jan 2016)

Elizabeth Truss: ...plan. Shortly, we will announce the framework for that. That will require a lot of work. There are a lot of people involved: the water companies, the Environment Agency, local communities, farmers and landowners. We can get better value for money. That is why we are moving in that direction and carrying out that work. However, there is a famous Chinese proverb: the best time to plant a...

Flooding (5 Jan 2016)

Elizabeth Truss: DEFRA spends money on a variety of objectives, including on improving the environment, countryside stewardship by farmers and flood defences. My view is that we can get better value for money by improving the environment and our resilience to flooding. For me, this is about spending our money better and planning for the future better.

Flooding (5 Jan 2016)

Elizabeth Truss: ...£10 million on upgrading the Foss barrier with new pumps to ensure that it can cope with higher volumes of water. We are providing £60 million of help for local residents, businesses and farmers. That help has been provided in record time. Storm Eva took place on 26 December and we made the first payments to local authorities on 29 December so that they can help businesses and...

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

Elizabeth Truss: ...for badgers in England in order to prioritise human health. The Welsh Government recently announced the same decision. However, I shall continue to listen to what my hon. Friend and her local farmers say about this important issue.

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

Elizabeth Truss: ...with it now, and I am following the advice of the Chief Veterinary Officer, who says that culling is an important part of dealing with it. Why do Labour Members not congratulate the hard-working farmers in Somerset, Gloucestershire and Dorset who have delivered this year, and who are helping us to deal with this terrible disease?

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

Elizabeth Truss: ..., the Environment Agency and volunteers who have worked around the clock to protect people and property. Earlier this week I visited Appleby, Threlkeld and Carlisle to meet local residents and farmers and see the recovery efforts for myself. The Government are doing all we can to ensure that every resource is available to help those areas get back on their feet.

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

Elizabeth Truss: My hon. Friend is a fantastic champion of Yorkshire farmers, and the Yorkshire Post is running a great campaign. I want to see British labelling on British dairy products right across the country. I recently had the pleasure of visiting the Wensleydale Creamery in his constituency, in the newly expanded Yorkshire Dales national park, and I have been eating their Yorkshire yoghurt ever since.

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.


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