Food: Wales

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 19th September 2017.

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Photo of Ben Lake Ben Lake Plaid Cymru, Ceredigion

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the Welsh food processing sector's access to labour of the UK leaving the European (a) single market and (b) Customs Union.

Photo of Ben Lake Ben Lake Plaid Cymru, Ceredigion

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on access to labour by the (a) Animal and Plant Health Agency and (b) agricultural sector in Wales of the UK leaving the (i) single market and (ii) customs union.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

We remain closely engaged with food and farming sectors across the UK and the Animal and Plant Health Agency to understand and analyse the labour demand and supply, now and when we leave the EU.

The Government is considering the options for future immigration system carefully and we will ensure that businesses and communities, including representatives from across the food chain, have the opportunity to contribute their views.

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