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Dairy Farming

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of Matthew Offord Matthew Offord Conservative, Hendon

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the potential effects on the dairy sector of the implementation of the provisions of the draft Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill.

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

The Groceries Code Adjudicator will monitor and enforce the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP). This Code covers relationships between direct suppliers to retailers and their customers. Therefore, in the dairy sector we expect that the Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill will ensure fair relationships and greater certainty for processors of raw milk.

Although the GSCOP does not apply to indirect suppliers and will not normally provide for the relationship between dairy farmers and processors, the Adjudicator will be able to receive complaints from indirect suppliers. This will allow concerns from milk producers to be investigated where the Adjudicator sees potential breaches of the Code which affect dairy farmers.

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