Agriculture Bill (Eleventh sitting)

(Committee Debate: 11th sitting: House of Commons)
Ruth Jones Excerpts
Thursday 5th March 2020

(5 months, 1 week ago)

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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Government have already rejected our amendment calling for proper baseline environmental and welfare standards, so the reality we will be faced with, if they do not respond positively to our new clause, is that the new green world of farming that we had hoped for will be one where the environmental public goods are not delivered, where our farmers are forced to produce food at lower animal welfare and environmental standards, and where we will have imports of chlorinated chicken and hormone-injected beef on our supermarket shelves, which we do not wish to see.

Ruth Jones Portrait Ruth Jones (Newport West) (Lab) - Hansard
5 Mar 2020, 12:19 p.m.

My hon. Friend is making a powerful speech. Does he agree that it is strange that the shadow Minister wrote to the now Minister on 19 February on the specific question of standards already in law and, as of today, we have still have had no response?

Daniel Zeichner Portrait Daniel Zeichner - Hansard
5 Mar 2020, 12:19 p.m.

It is, because it was made clear that there would be a clear response. I suspect that the issue is complicated and people are working on it, but I absolutely share my hon. Friend’s concern. This is something we need clarity on.