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Beef Exports

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 3rd May 2006.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Labour, Stroud

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what Government support has been given to the farming industry to assist the resumption of beef exports.

Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Rural Affairs, Landscape and Biodiversity), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Rural Affairs, Landscape and Biodiversity)

Ministers and officials are working closely with industry representatives to ensure that the appropriate mechanisms are in place to ensure that beef exports can resume as soon as possible.

On 3 May, my noble Friend Lord Bach, the Minister for Sustainable Farming and Food, is hosting a further high level meeting with the those involved in the beef supply chain to consider the issues of interest to the beef sector, including the resumption of exports. On 4 May, he will be visiting the major Italian food fair (CIBUS) to help promote our beef exports.

The Government are also providing financial assistance for exports as part of the £5.5 million funding for a Beef Market Restoration Programme announced last October.

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