Food: Manufacturing Industries

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 7th January 2019.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Shadow Minister (Wales)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of policies in the Government's Immigration White Paper on the level of staffing in the food and drink manufacturing sector.

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

The White Paper is the beginning of a consultation with employers about possible future options. Defra is considering the latest data, and working closely with industry to understand labour demand and supply, including both permanent and seasonal workforce requirements. Existing employees will be able to stay and there will be a period where lower skilled workers will be able to continue to travel to the UK to work once the new immigration framework is implemented.

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