Dr Dan held his latest regular farmers breakfast meeting in Needham Market with local farmers from the Ipswich and Stowmarket branch of the National Farmers Union, and used the meeting to update them on the work he has been doing in Parliament to lead on issues surrounding abattoir inspection costs and rural broadband.
A number of other topics were put to Dan by the local farmers, including the cost and availability of high quality diesel for agricultural machinery and the impact of the Government’s recent Nitrate Vulnerable Zones consultation. Dan also heard the views of local poultry processors, who expressed their concerns about the level of compliance by European Union countries with the battery cage ban on egg-laying hens. Dan is currently pushing for a debate in Parliament on this important issue.
Farming plays a key role in our local economy and Dan remains committed to championing Suffolk’s strong agricultural sector. He has already raised the challenges facing local pig and dairy farmers in Parliament, and will continue to fight on behalf of Suffolk’s farmers and local food and drink producers by taking forward the concerns raised at his latest farmers breakfast meeting to Government Ministers.
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Leaving the EU: Tourism and the Creative Industries — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (17 Apr 2018)
Daniel Poulter: I congratulate the hon. Lady on securing this debate. As a remain voter, I am sympathetic to her position, but does she agree that sometimes one of the main drivers of tourism is the exchange rate, and one thing we have seen is increased tourism as a result of decreased value of the pound against the euro and other currencies, perhaps as a direct consequence of that Brexit vote? I know she...
Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Agriculture: Trade Agreements (22 Mar 2018)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps he is taking to work with the devolved administrations on future trade deals for UK agriculture.