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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Written Answers — Department for Transport: A14: Bridges (10 Jul 2019)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many days the A14 Orwell Bridge has been closed in each year since 2000.
Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Compulsorily Detained Psychiatric Patients (8 Jul 2019)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of working-age adult mental-health bed admissions have taken place under the Mental Health Act 1983 in each year since 2009.