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World Menopause Day (18 Oct 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: The hon. Lady has been very brave in speaking out. So far our focus has been on dealing with the symptoms and the problems. Has she had the opportunity to look into whether diet-related changes could help to alleviate some of those symptoms rather than just medical solutions? In Japan and China, for example, there seems to be much lower incidence of things such as hot flushes, and some...

World Menopause Day (18 Oct 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: My mother has six daughters, the eldest of whom turns 55 tomorrow—happy birthday, Claire. The youngest turns 44 at the end of the month—happy birthday Aimi. I am clearly intervening just so that I can say happy birthday to my sisters in the House. I get plenty of discussion about this issue at home, but I want to thank my hon. Friend for making the point that men need to talk...

Ending Exploitation in Supermarket Supply Chains (18 Oct 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: I will be brief. I thank the Minister for her response. She covered most of the points that were raised and I am sure she will go away and check whether there are any other points to which she could respond in writing. I have sometimes seen Ministers come along to the House and read from a piece of paper, showing no sign of having listened to the debate that they have just heard, so I thank...

Ending Exploitation in Supermarket Supply Chains (18 Oct 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: Perhaps I am pre-empting what my hon. Friend is about to say, but is it not also a problem that the companies’ statements sometimes say virtually nothing? They just have to tick a box to say that they have made a statement. They do not have to show that they are actually doing something to root out slavery in their supply chains.

Ending Exploitation in Supermarket Supply Chains (18 Oct 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: All today’s speeches have been excellent and I thank Members who have attended the debate. We can draw a comparison with the clothes sector. We reached a point some years ago when people started realising that if we can buy a pair of jeans for £3 in a supermarket, something must be wrong, with somebody somewhere down the line being exploited if that product could be produced so...

Ending Exploitation in Supermarket Supply Chains (18 Oct 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: Food waste is not just about the food that has been bought; the issue exists throughout the supply chain. From farm gate to fork, between 30% and 50% of food is estimated to be wasted. A lot of it never even gets on to supermarket shelves, and that is an absolute scandal. If food waste was a country, it would have the third highest carbon footprint in the world.

Ending Exploitation in Supermarket Supply Chains (18 Oct 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: I beg to move, That this House is concerned about the practice of modern slavery and the exploitation of labour in the supply chains of supermarkets in the UK; notes this week marks world food day and anti-slavery day; recognises the global leadership that the Government has shown in tackling modern slavery in supply chains in the Modern Slavery Act 2015; and calls on the Government to help...

Ending Exploitation in Supermarket Supply Chains (18 Oct 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: I thank my hon. Friend for raising that point. I have been talking to Nautilus International, the seafarers’ union, which has highlighted cases where people working on those ships are exploited. That is an issue in the oil sector, for example.

Ending Exploitation in Supermarket Supply Chains (18 Oct 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: I thank my hon. Friend for his intervention. I chaired a joint event last night between the APPG on human trafficking and modern slavery and the APPG on agriculture and food for development. One point made powerfully was that while we want the Government and the supermarkets to act—I will come to that in a moment—we must also look at procurement. The Government could be...

Ending Exploitation in Supermarket Supply Chains (18 Oct 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: I was not actually aware of that point, so I thank my hon. Friend for bringing it to my attention. I am very concerned to hear that that is the case. As I was saying, supermarkets now keep as much as 50% of the money their customers spend, while the share that reaches workers and food producers has fallen, sometimes to less than 5%. Oxfam’s research has found a direct correlation...

Ending Exploitation in Supermarket Supply Chains (18 Oct 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: I very much agree with my hon. Friend. I am focusing today on supermarkets because that is where it is easiest for customers to interface and because they so powerful within the market. However, there are many big food manufacturers and others throughout the supply chain, as she says, that need to step up to the mark as well.

Ending Exploitation in Supermarket Supply Chains (18 Oct 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: One point is that there is just so little transparency. A limited range of goods is covered by Fairtrade certification. It tends to cover commodities such as coffee, cocoa, bananas and so on. We need far greater transparency. During the horsemeat scandal, there were stories about lasagne selling for £1 that had traversed about 13 or 14 EU countries, with dozens of small products going...

Ending Exploitation in Supermarket Supply Chains (18 Oct 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: I absolutely agree. I also think that big companies can have a Fairtrade brand that might account for 5% of its sales, but the rest of their coffee or tea does not carry that certification, so what does that say about the conditions under which that share of the market is produced?

Ending Exploitation in Supermarket Supply Chains (18 Oct 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: I agree. That is very much about the complexity of the supply chain and the need for greater transparency. If the supermarkets and the big food companies act, that could make a huge difference. Oxfam has found that all the major supermarkets in the UK—Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrisons, Lidl and Aldi—lack sufficient policies to protect the human rights of the people they...

Ending Exploitation in Supermarket Supply Chains (18 Oct 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: My hon. Friend makes a powerful point, and I certainly hope that the Minister will reply to it in her winding-up speech. As I said, only 19% of the agricultural sector is abiding by the terms of the Modern Slavery Act. By contrast, the rate of compliance with the new gender pay gap reporting rules was 87% on day one of the first year of reporting.

Ending Exploitation in Supermarket Supply Chains (18 Oct 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: If we can get 100% on gender pay gap reporting, we ought to do an awful lot better on modern slavery reporting. The Home Office review of the Modern Slavery Act is welcome, and I hope it will result in much-needed measures to strengthen it and its implementation. I welcome the appointment as chairs of the right hon. Member for Basingstoke (Mrs Miller) and my right hon. Friend the Member for...

Ending Exploitation in Supermarket Supply Chains (18 Oct 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: I certainly think that. At the all-party group yesterday, we heard from someone from ASOS, the online clothes firm, who talked about all the measures it takes. It has really complex supply chains, sourcing products from all around the world—not just finished garments, but material, zips and buttons—yet it seems to be able to do it, so I do not see why supermarkets cannot. They...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme (18 Oct 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: The charity Focus on Labour Exploitation—FLEX—has warned that the scheme to which the Minister referred involving temporary visas for non-EU workers to work on British farms could lead to a sharp rise in exploitation if there are ties to a particular employer. Later today, to mark Anti-Slavery Day, I will lead a debate on ending the exploitation and slavery of workers in the...

EU Exit Negotiations: Green GB Week and Clean Growth (15 Oct 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: As an electric car driver myself, I would point out to the Minister that the growth of electric cars means it is more imperative to invest in charging infrastructure, because it is pretty difficult at the moment to find a charging point that is not already being used. However, on the broader point, we are now talking about trying to move from a target of 80% in 2050 to net zero. Can she name...

Agriculture Bill (10 Oct 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: No matter what our views on Brexit are, there is near-universal consensus that the common agricultural policy is in dire need of reform. I want a farming system that is both economically viable and environmentally sustainable, with the highest possible animal welfare standards. I chair the all-party parliamentary group on agro-ecology for sustainable food and farming, and we have long called...


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