Dr Dan Poulter, Member of Parliament for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, has pledged to do all he can to support Suffolk’s farmers against further regulation from Brussels following a meeting at local abattoir C & K Meats in Eye, where he was joined by Vicky Ford, Member of the European Parliament for the East of England.
Dr Poulter and Vicky Ford heard concerns regarding the way in which EU regulations are applied to farmers and food processors other EU Member States, and in particular whether other countries are enforcing regulations regarding food inspectors at meat processing facilities. This puts extra costs on UK producers, compared to overseas competition.
They also discussed animal welfare standards. The UK currently has one the strongest pig welfare regimes in Europe, for example the use of Sow stall pens has been banned here since the 1999. Our own British farmers have been campaigning in Brussels for a similar ban across Europe which is due to into force from 1 January 2013. This should bring continental produces more into line with UK standards. However it is clear that despite nearly a decade of notice many EU producers may not be ready to comply with the law. If the same standards are not applied uniformly across the EU, our local farmers find themselves at risk of being undercut by overseas produce.
Since being elected as the MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, Dr Poulter has fought for the interests of local farmers in his constituency, and has held debates in Parliament to highlight the challenges facing our pig, poultry and dairy farmers. He has also campaigned for more ‘honest food labelling’ in Parliament, to ensure that meat products labelled 'British' only come from animals born, reared and slaughtered in Britain.
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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...
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Daniel Poulter: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing the debate; he is making some very good points. As he recognises, CAMHS are the Cinderella services of the Cinderella service—mental health is still woefully underfunded in comparison with many other parts of the NHS. Does he also recognise that CAMHS recruitment is a real challenge? The August 2019 fill rates for higher trainees in the UK stand at...