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

Elizabeth Truss: I am about making sure that we have practical solutions that actually deliver for dairy farmers who are facing cash-flow issues, while also ensuring that we have a viable national industry for the future. We do not want to lose really important dairy capacity when we know that there are lots of long-term opportunities—huge opportunities for import substitution, for example. My focus is on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Public Sector Food Procurement (18 Jun 2015)

Elizabeth Truss: We launched the Bonfield plan in July last year to help the public sector to buy more local, seasonal food. It means that £400 million of business is available to our farmers and food producers. We are making good progress on that, and only this week I discussed with the Justice Secretary how it could be implemented in his Department.

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 (18 Jun 2015)

Elizabeth Truss: ...of the most complicated common agricultural policies in history has just been introduced, and we are already in discussions with Commissioner Hogan about simplifying that and making it easier for farmers to apply it. The next round of CAP negotiations are coming up and we want a much simpler policy.

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...

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

Elizabeth Truss: I completely agree with my hon. Friend about how productive dairy farmers in Shropshire are. We want to see more dairy products sold here in Britain and overseas. That is why we launched the Bonfield plan, which will open up £400 million-worth of business across the public sector. I strongly encourage schools, hospitals and caterers to use the balanced scorecard, so that they can buy from...

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

Elizabeth Truss: In November we published the national pollinator strategy, a 10-year plan to help pollinators to thrive, which involves farmers, major landowners and the public. People can help in their gardens, schools or local parks by leaving areas wild for pollinators, or ensuring that food sources are available throughout the year.

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

Elizabeth Truss: ...in services alone. That is why we launched the national pollinator strategy, which will include a wild pollinator and wildlife element in the new countryside stewardship scheme. That means that farmers will have a strong incentive to help pollinators on their land.

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

Elizabeth Truss: ...we are putting additional funding into maintenance—an additional £35 million this year and next year for those types of activity. We are also running pilot projects so that local landowners and farmers can be involved in that work, as well as the Environment Agency. In addition, local environment agencies are spending more time now on issues such as dredging to make sure that that work...

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

Elizabeth Truss: ...from DEFRA. That is vital for our £100 billion food and farming industry. A future Conservative Government would continue to bear down on red tape. We are considering pilots for land owners and farmers to manage water courses themselves, to get rid of a lot of bureaucracy.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Rivers and Waterways (29 Jan 2015)

Elizabeth Truss: ...River Cherwell, a very fine river. He is absolutely right. We have cleaned more than 10,000 miles of river and we will shortly put in place our new countryside stewardship scheme, which will enable farmers to get grants to improve water quality even further.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Pork Exports (29 Jan 2015)

Elizabeth Truss: I know that British farmers are working on that. This country has very competitive pork producers, who are expanding markets overseas, and it is vital for the health of our agriculture industry.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Pork Exports (29 Jan 2015)

Elizabeth Truss: ...Rural Affairs. We launched the Bonfield report last summer, which is all about making it easier for our schools and hospitals to buy British. It opens up £400 million- worth of new markets for our farmers, and by 2017 all Government Departments are committed to sourcing locally. Of course, DEFRA has led the way: we now serve British bacon in our canteen, rather than the Danish bacon that...

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: Topical Questions (29 Jan 2015)

Elizabeth Truss: I understand that dairy farmers are in a very difficult position. We have very low prices. We expect prices to improve, but clearly there are severe issues for our dairy industry. We are doing all we can, working with HMRC and the RPA on cash-flow issues, to help in the short term. He is absolutely right: there is a big opportunity with our supermarkets. We meet the supermarkets regularly to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (29 Jan 2015)

Elizabeth Truss: ...about the groceries code adjudicator; we are working closely with HMRC and the Rural Payments Agency; and we are also working on our new countryside productivity scheme, which will be open to dairy farmers to help improve productivity and bring in the capital investment these farms need. We are working hard on this issue, because we know how difficult it is. I myself have met dairy farmers...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Bees (29 Jan 2015)

Elizabeth Truss: On November 4th, we published the National Pollinator Strategy, a 10 year plan to help pollinators thrive involving farmers, major landowners and the public. Bees and other pollinators are vital for our £100bn food chain and are worth £400m to the economy.

Written Ministerial Statements — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Bovine TB (18 Dec 2014)

Elizabeth Truss: ...our badger edge vaccination scheme which will create a buffer zone to help prevent the spread of TB to new parts of the country. We are working closely with wildlife organisations, vets and farmers to establish large areas within which a high proportion of the badger population will be vaccinated for a minimum of four years. Badger culls were carried out in the autumn. Culling ended on 20...

Written Ministerial Statements — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Agriculture and Fisheries Council (15 Dec 2014)

Elizabeth Truss: ...the Black Sea. In addition on agriculture, the presidency will seek adoption of draft Council conclusions on error rates for agricultural expenditure and on strengthening of EU policies for young farmers. We understand the presidency will seek agreement of a document outlining future work on the proposal for a regulation on organic production and labelling of organic products. There will...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (11 Dec 2014)

Elizabeth Truss: ...role in the health of our environment and economy. That is why on 4 November we published our national pollinator strategy. It sets out the first ever wild pollinator and farm wildlife package for farmers, commitments from major landowners, and how everyone, from schools to parks and gardeners, can do their bit to contribute.


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