Mark Prisk MP challenged the Secretary of State for DEFRA during the Agriculture Bill debate. He raised the competition domestic farmers and food producers face from inexpensive, low quality overseas goods.
The exchange was as follows:
My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State is right to highlight the important role of farmers. I have met many of my local farmers and other quality food producers, and the question they have put to me in recent weeks is how will the new regime enable them to compete against often cheaper and often lower quality imports?
This Government have emphasised that we will ensure that the high environmental and animal welfare standards of which we are so proud and which our farmers uphold are defended. We will not enter into trade or other agreements that undercut or undermine the high standards on which British agriculture’s reputation depends.
Mark is committed to raising the profile of domestic - particularly local - food producers and manufacturers, particularly during the transition of Brexit.