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Common Agricultural Policy

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 1st December 2010.

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Photo of Amber Rudd Amber Rudd Conservative, Hastings and Rye

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the effect on UK food security of the operation of the Common Agricultural Policy.

Photo of James Paice James Paice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The best guarantors of UK food security, as detailed in DEFRA's UK food security assessment, are an open trading system with other countries, and farmers at home and overseas being able to respond to market price signals. We believe that there needs to be reform of the Common Agricultural Policy to facilitate this.

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