Dan always enjoys visiting the annual Suffolk Show, which celebrates the very best our county has to offer. With its array of activities for all the family, along with the opportunity it gives people to buy from many of our excellent local businesses, large and small, it is not hard to see why the Suffolk Show has continued to grow in popularity over the years. Like many people in Ipswich and Suffolk who had planned to attend the event last Friday, he was extremely disappointed when the second day of the Suffolk Show was abandoned due to the terrible wind and rain. Decisions like these are never easy, but the safety of visitors and stand holders alike must always be of paramount importance, and the high winds together with the sodden ground posed a real danger to peoples’ safety. Suffolk Show director David Nunn deserves to be commended for his decision to cancel the show. While disappointing for everyone, it was the right thing to do.
In spite of the bad weather, the first day of the Suffolk Show went ahead as normal and Dan was delighted to see so many people - both local and from afar – defying the elements to enjoy highlights ranging from the traditional cattle contests to the extended military zone and the London 2012 Olympics-themed sports village. The show provides an unrivalled opportunity for local businesses to showcase their wares, from the large and established food and drink producers such as Aspal Suffolk Cyder, to the many smaller traders that we are lucky to have in Suffolk.
Suffolk’s local farmers and food producers play a vital role in our local economy and communities, while helping to preserve our natural environment. Supporting Suffolk's farmers and food producers is one of Dan’s top priorities as your local MP. That is why he has been leading a campaign in Parliament to protect the future of Suffolk’s independent abattoirs and butchers from costly over-regulation. Under the Food Standards Agency’s proposed ‘full cost recovery’ plans, all meat producers will be required to pay the full costs of meat inspections which the agency carries out, whilst its new E-coli prevention guidelines are likely to penalise local butchers, farm shops and livestock farmers.
Dan spoke at an event at the Suffolk Show organised by the Suffolk Federation of Small Businesses and the Country Land and Business Association, and highlighted the work he has been doing to lobby Government ministers on the Food Standards Agency’s plans. He was pleased to be able to report that the Government has now decided to look again at the Food Standards Agency’s draft proposals, so that smaller abattoirs can be better protected under the new plans. Dan will continue to fight for a positive outcome for our livestock farmers and butchers in Suffolk, and would like to thank Chris Soule, Chairman of the Suffolk Federation of Small Businesses, along with Caroline Cranbrook, Country Land and Business Assocition Suffolk Vice President, for their continued hard work.
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Written Answers — Department for International Development: Developing Countries: Health Services (21 Jan 2019)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on facilitating health professionals in England to travel to low and middle income countries to provide healthcare education and training; and if she will make a statement.
Written Answers — Department for International Development: Developing Countries: Mental Health Services (21 Jan 2019)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to improve mental health provision in low and middle income countries.