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registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-22more like thismore than 2019-07-22
answering body
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs remove filter
answering dept id 13 more like this
answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
hansard heading Food: Imports remove filter
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU without a deal on 31 October 2019, on the supply of fresh produce. more like this
tabling member constituency Bristol East more like this
tabling member printed
Kerry McCarthy more like this
uin 280215 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-08-14more like thismore than 2019-08-14
answer text <p>The UK’s high degree of food security is built on access to a range of sources including strong domestic production and imports from other countries. This will continue to be the case whether we leave the EU with or without a deal.</p><p> </p><p>Half of the food we eat is produced in the UK. The rest of our food is imported, with 30% coming from the EU and 20% from other countries. There will not be an overall shortage of food in the UK as a result of a no deal Brexit. However, there may be fluctuations in the availability and choice of certain seasonal products, such as fresh fruit. The UK has a high degree of self-sufficiency in some vegetables year-round including root vegetables, cabbage and potatoes, as well as certain fruits during the summer harvest season including strawberries and apples.</p><p> </p><p>Over the last three years Government has been working to prioritise the smooth flow of trade, particularly at channel ports, to minimise any disruption if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. This includes cross Government work to ensure traders and hauliers in the UK and the EU are prepared for changes to exporting and importing requirements; ensuring our approach to imports achieves a smooth flow of goods at UK ports; working with stakeholders, major ports and airports to ensure that they are making their own preparations for leaving the EU; and developing traffic management plans to manage any potential delays at the ports, for example Operation Brock in Kent.</p><p> </p>
answering member constituency Camborne and Redruth more like this
answering member printed George Eustice more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-08-14T07:50:21.777Zmore like thismore than 2019-08-14T07:50:21.777Z
answering member
3934
label Biography information for George Eustice more like this
tabling member
1491
label Biography information for Kerry McCarthy more like this
1131821
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-06-12more like thismore than 2019-06-12
answering body
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs remove filter
answering dept id 13 more like this
answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
hansard heading Food: Imports remove filter
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the National Audit Office report Ensuring food safety and standards published 12 June 2019, what steps is he taking to bring forward new regulations on imported products in preparation for the UK leaving the EU on 31st October 2019; and if he will make a statement. more like this
tabling member constituency Penistone and Stocksbridge more like this
tabling member printed
Angela Smith more like this
uin 263779 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-19more like thismore than 2019-06-19
answer text <p>The Food Standards Agency has welcomed the NAO report ‘Ensuring food safety and standards’. The FSA is already taking steps to address the proposals and is committed to working closely with other parts of government to ensure that a high level of food safety standards is maintained.</p><p> </p><p>When we leave the European Union, we will maintain our current standards. We will keep our existing UK legislation, and the EU Withdrawal Act will convert EU law into UK law as it applies at the moment of departure.</p><p> </p><p>We are committed to maintaining our rigorous standards on animal welfare and food safety after the UK’s withdrawal from the EU - high standards and high quality are what our domestic and global customers demand, and that is what we will provide.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Macclesfield more like this
answering member printed David Rutley more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-19T15:11:19.073Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-19T15:11:19.073Z
answering member
4033
label Biography information for David Rutley more like this
tabling member
1564
label Biography information for Angela Smith more like this
1083519
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-03-07more like thismore than 2019-03-07
answering body
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs remove filter
answering dept id 13 more like this
answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
hansard heading Food: Imports remove filter
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for food imports from the US of the United States - European Union Negotiations: Summary of Specific Negotiating Objectives, published by the Office of the United States Trade representative in February 2019. more like this
tabling member constituency Edinburgh North and Leith more like this
tabling member printed
Deidre Brock more like this
uin 229717 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-03-14more like thismore than 2019-03-14
answer text <p>The Government welcomes the publication of the United States - European Union Negotiations: Summary of Specific Negotiating Objectives, and the more recent publication of Specific Negotiating Objectives for the UK. These publications are of course important, but do not change the Government’s view that any future trade deal must work for UK consumers, farmers and businesses.</p><p>The Government has made it clear that we will not water down our food or animal welfare standards in pursuit of any trade deal. Existing food standards on issues such as chlorinated chicken will come across through the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018. For hormone treated beef the UK has transposed EU Council Directive 96/22/EC into UK law, which prohibits the use of artificial growth hormones in both domestic production and imported products. This will continue when we leave the EU.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Scarborough and Whitby more like this
answering member printed Mr Robert Goodwill more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-03-14T12:09:54.623Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-14T12:09:54.623Z
answering member
1562
label Biography information for Mr Robert Goodwill more like this
tabling member
4417
label Biography information for Deidre Brock more like this
1010269
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-19more like thismore than 2018-11-19
answering body
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs remove filter
answering dept id 13 more like this
answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
hansard heading Food: Imports remove filter
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what checks his Department takes to ensure that no insects or pesticides are brought into the UK through food imports. more like this
tabling member constituency Upper Bann more like this
tabling member printed
David Simpson more like this
uin 192875 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-27more like thismore than 2018-11-27
answer text <p>In EU food law, the expectation is that food is not contaminated. Food must be safe and fit for human consumption. This applies to all food placed on the market (i.e. supplied for profit or not) in EU Member States.</p><p> </p><p>Consumers should be provided with information about food which enables them to make safe and informed food choices.</p><p> </p><p>Even where foreign bodies found in food which might not in themselves be harmful to health, including insects or other foreign bodies that should not be in the food, or are not described as being part of the food, the food would still likely be deemed ‘unfit for human consumption.’</p><p> </p><p>Food imported into the EU for placing on the market within the EU must comply with the relevant requirements of food law.</p><p> </p><p>Importers, distributors and retailers of food are under a statutory obligation to comply with maximum residues levels set for pesticides in food. They must put in place appropriate quality controls to ensure this. This requirement is backed up by a substantial UK Government programme of testing for residues in food and drink; results are published on the GOV.UK website.</p><p> </p><p>Controlled plant products are inspected for quarantine pests on a risk basis.</p><p> </p>
answering member constituency Macclesfield more like this
answering member printed David Rutley more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-11-27T17:16:05.95Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-27T17:16:05.95Z
answering member
4033
label Biography information for David Rutley more like this
tabling member
1597
label Biography information for David Simpson more like this
1041231
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-01-14more like thismore than 2019-01-14
answering body
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs remove filter
answering dept id 13 more like this
answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
hansard heading Food: Imports remove filter
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of a no-deal Brexit on imports of seasonal foods. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this
uin HL12813 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-01-25more like thismore than 2019-01-25
answer text <p>Extensive work to prepare for a ‘no deal’ scenario has been under way for almost two years and we are taking necessary steps to ensure trade flows continue to operate as smoothly as possible from the day we leave the EU.</p><p> </p><p>The UK has a high degree of food security, built on access to a range of sources including strong domestic production and imports from third countries. This will continue to be the case once we leave the EU.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-01-25T11:55:30.773Zmore like thismore than 2019-01-25T11:55:30.773Z
answering member
4161
label Biography information for Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
tabling member
1796
label Biography information for Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this
1038914
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-01-10more like thismore than 2019-01-10
answering body
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs remove filter
answering dept id 13 more like this
answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
hansard heading Food: Imports remove filter
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government by what date any necessary new IT import notification system for food imports when the UK leaves the EU will be fully operational. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Jones of Whitchurch more like this
uin HL12751 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-01-22more like thismore than 2019-01-22
answer text <p>A new system for imports notification is in the final stages of development and is being tested over the next few weeks. We are working to deliver this system for the end of March and, subject to successful testing, it will be made available initially to long-distance importers from early February.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-01-22T15:56:03.433Zmore like thismore than 2019-01-22T15:56:03.433Z
answering member
4161
label Biography information for Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
tabling member
3792
label Biography information for Baroness Jones of Whitchurch more like this
1038912
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-01-10more like thismore than 2019-01-10
answering body
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs remove filter
answering dept id 13 more like this
answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
hansard heading Food: Imports remove filter
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the availability of fresh, frozen, and chilled food warehousing space should imported food be delayed as a consequence of a no-deal Brexit. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Jones of Whitchurch more like this
uin HL12749 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-01-22more like thismore than 2019-01-22
answer text <p>The UK has a high degree of food security built upon a diverse range of sources, and this will continue to be the case whether we leave the EU with or without a deal.</p><p> </p><p>The Government has well established ways of working with the food industry to mitigate disruption across the supply chain, and we are using these to support preparations for leaving the EU. Consumers will continue to have access to a range of different products.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-01-22T12:14:42.267Zmore like thismore than 2019-01-22T12:14:42.267Z
answering member
4161
label Biography information for Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
tabling member
3792
label Biography information for Baroness Jones of Whitchurch more like this
1020314
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-12-05more like thismore than 2018-12-05
answering body
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs remove filter
answering dept id 13 more like this
answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
hansard heading Food: Imports remove filter
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of a reduction in ferry services between Dover and Calais on the import of perishable goods, including food supplies in the event of a no-deal Brexit. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this
uin HL12094 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-12-19more like thismore than 2018-12-19
answer text <p>Extensive work to prepare for a ‘no deal’ scenario has been under way for almost two years and we are taking necessary steps to ensure trade flows continue to operate smoothly from the day we leave the EU. We want to see cross-Channel trade continue to move as freely as possible but it is right that as a responsible government we also work on a range of contingency plans to deal with any disruption.</p><p> </p><p>Department for Transport is working closely with the Border Delivery Group to ensure a joint understanding of the possible impacts on ports and airports throughout the country of the UK’s departure from the EU in a number of scenarios. This work is informing local resilience planning and involving national Government bodies where needed.</p><p> </p><p>The Government has well established ways of working with the food industry to mitigate disruption, and we will be using these to support preparations for leaving the EU. Consumers will continue to have access to a range of different products.</p>
answering member printed Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-12-19T12:54:41.367Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-19T12:54:41.367Z
answering member
4161
label Biography information for Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
tabling member
1796
label Biography information for Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this
1015859
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-27more like thismore than 2018-11-27
answering body
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs remove filter
answering dept id 13 more like this
answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
hansard heading Food: Imports remove filter
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they have prepared for householders concerning stockpiles of non-perishable food in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Jones of Whitchurch more like this
uin HL11856 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-12-05more like thismore than 2018-12-05
answer text <p>The UK has a high degree of food security as shown by the UK Security Assessment. This is built on access to diverse sources of supply, including our excellent domestic production. Consumers will continue to have a wide choice of food after we leave the EU.</p><p> </p><p>While we are making sensible preparations for all eventualities as we leave the EU, there are no plans for the Government to store food.</p><p> </p><p>Defra recently published a series of Technical Notices outlining preparations in the event of leaving the EU without a deal. This information can be found on the GOV.UK website.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
grouped question UIN HL11855 more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-12-05T16:39:15.977Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-05T16:39:15.977Z
answering member
4161
label Biography information for Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
tabling member
3792
label Biography information for Baroness Jones of Whitchurch more like this
1015858
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-27more like thismore than 2018-11-27
answering body
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs remove filter
answering dept id 13 more like this
answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
hansard heading Food: Imports remove filter
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they have prepared for householders on the availability of food supplies previously imported from the EU in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Jones of Whitchurch more like this
uin HL11855 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-12-05more like thismore than 2018-12-05
answer text <p>The UK has a high degree of food security as shown by the UK Security Assessment. This is built on access to diverse sources of supply, including our excellent domestic production. Consumers will continue to have a wide choice of food after we leave the EU.</p><p> </p><p>While we are making sensible preparations for all eventualities as we leave the EU, there are no plans for the Government to store food.</p><p> </p><p>Defra recently published a series of Technical Notices outlining preparations in the event of leaving the EU without a deal. This information can be found on the GOV.UK website.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
grouped question UIN HL11856 more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-12-05T16:39:15.927Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-05T16:39:15.927Z
answering member
4161
label Biography information for Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
tabling member
3792
label Biography information for Baroness Jones of Whitchurch more like this