Dr Dan held his latest regular farmers breakfast meeting in Needham Market with local farmers from the Ipswich and Stowmarket branch of the National Farmers Union, and used the meeting to update them on the work he has been doing in Parliament to lead on issues surrounding abattoir inspection costs and rural broadband.
A number of other topics were put to Dan by the local farmers, including the cost and availability of high quality diesel for agricultural machinery and the impact of the Government’s recent Nitrate Vulnerable Zones consultation. Dan also heard the views of local poultry processors, who expressed their concerns about the level of compliance by European Union countries with the battery cage ban on egg-laying hens. Dan is currently pushing for a debate in Parliament on this important issue.
Farming plays a key role in our local economy and Dan remains committed to championing Suffolk’s strong agricultural sector. He has already raised the challenges facing local pig and dairy farmers in Parliament, and will continue to fight on behalf of Suffolk’s farmers and local food and drink producers by taking forward the concerns raised at his latest farmers breakfast meeting to Government Ministers.
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Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Addictions: Health Services (19 Jul 2019)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 8 July 2019 to Question 270772 on Addiction Services, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the number of medically-staffed inpatient detoxification beds in England; and if he will make a statement.
Drug Treatment Services (16 Jul 2019)
Daniel Poulter: I congratulate the hon. Member for Manchester, Withington (Jeff Smith) on securing the debate. I agree with everything he said. I draw the attention of Members to my declaration of interest as a practising NHS psychiatrist and as someone who has worked in drug addiction, or drug treatment, services. I do not intend to rehearse the discussion on the lack of, or reduction in, funding for the...