Dairy Farming

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 13th September 2012.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what effect the agreement of a voluntary code on contractual relationships between milk buyers and dairy farmers will have upon the provisions of his Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill.

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The voluntary code of practice for the dairy sector is distinct from the Groceries Code, and will not change the provisions of the Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill. The Bill establishes an adjudicator to enforce and oversee the Groceries Code, which addresses contractual relationships between large supermarket retailers and their suppliers.

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