Panama Canal

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered at on 22 February 2024.

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Photo of Neil Hudson Neil Hudson Conservative, Penrith and The Border

To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has made an assessment of the impact of water levels in the Panama Canal on international food security.

Photo of Neil Hudson Neil Hudson Conservative, Penrith and The Border

To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has made an assessment of the impact of water levels in the Panama Canal on the passage of food supplies by shipping.

Photo of David Rutley David Rutley Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The FCDO, the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Department for Business and Trade (DBT) are closely monitoring the Panama Canal situation. DEFRA will publish the next version of the UK Food Security Report (UKFSR) later this year, which will include analysis of the trends of price inflation, international commodity prices, and energy and fertiliser prices in the context of UK food. Nusrat Ghani, Minister for Economic Security, discussed the challenges of the Canal with the CEO of the Panama Canal on 16 February, including ongoing plans to tackle the situation. British industry are keen to be part of the long term solution.

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