Locally produced food and drink forms a key part of life in Ipswich and Suffolk, bringing enormous benefits to the local economy, communities and the environment. Whilst supermarkets have an important role to play in providing affordable food, Dan knows that residents in Suffolk value the opportunity to support local producers by purchasing food and drink that is from their local area.
Last week, Dan visited Gressingham Foods near Woodbridge, better known for its famous Gressingham Duck, which has grown to become one of Suffolk’s largest food producers, employing over 500 people across both of its factories in Debach and South Norfolk and its farms. Dan was given a tour of the production factory in Debach by Will Kemp, before meeting with Managing Director Geoffrey Buchanan and Chairman Maurice Buchanan. A number of issues affecting the local food industry in Suffolk were discussed, including problems with the Agricultural Buildings Allowance and proposals by the Health and Safety Executive to impose full cost recovery of factory interventions in some circumstances.
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Social Care Funding (17 Oct 2018)
Daniel Poulter: My right hon. Friend is right to highlight the link between healthcare and social care. If we are to care properly for people with the long-term conditions he has outlined, we need to have a more joined-up and integrated system. It is hard to deliver that when we have a taxpayer-funded NHS and a social care system in which many people now have to pay for their own care. In looking for a...
Offensive Weapons Bill: Ipswich-London Rail Fares (15 Oct 2018)
Daniel Poulter: I thank my hon. Friend’s welcome news on capping rail fares, but does he not also agree that it is difficult for customers to disaggregate the cost of the fare—those in Ipswich are very high per mile by national standards—from reliability and speed of service? Despite the cost of tickets from Ipswich, reliability and speed of service have not improved over the years....