[John Cummings in the Chair] — Agriculture (South-West)

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 10:45 am on 20th January 2009.

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Photo of David Heath David Heath Shadow Leader of the House of Commons 10:45 am, 20th January 2009

I am glad that the right hon. Lady is speaking directly to farmers who are affected. May I suggest that it might be a good idea to reinstate what was a matter of practice every year a few years ago, which was that agriculture Ministers attended the Royal Bath and West show? The Minister would have direct contact with a large number of dairy farmers who have been directly affected, and her presence would be appreciated. The practice seems to have gone out of fashion in recent years, but it could be usefully reinstated.