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Food: Retailers

House of Lords written question – answered on 28th June 2012.

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Photo of Lord Harrison Lord Harrison Chair, EU Sub Committee A - Economic and Financial Affairs

To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions Ministers have had with large retailers on provision of local food in stores.

Photo of Lord Taylor of Holbeach Lord Taylor of Holbeach The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Government encourage the provision of regional and local food in retailer stores at every opportunity. Retailers respond to the demands of their customers. Growing consumer demand for local food is reflected in the increasing availability of regional and local food in the stores of all the major retailers.

The Government want to enhance the competitiveness and resilience of the whole food chain to ensure a secure, environmentally sustainable and healthy supply of food with improved standards of animal welfare. The Government's principal role is encouraging and enabling to ensure we have a thriving, competitive and sustainable agri-food sector rather than directing the commercial decisions taken by specific retailers.

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