I know that food standards and animal welfare standards mean a lot to my constituents, and I frequently receive correspondence regarding the Agriculture Bill and upholding our high standards after we leave the EU.
Recently, constituents have been in touch with concerns about their children’s health and the risk of obesity. I want to be clear that, as ever, I fully recognise the importance the public attach to the UK’s high standards of food production, and the unique selling point it provides for our farmers, whose high-quality produce is in demand around the world.
As I have said in other statements, in trade negotiations the Government will not compromise on our high environmental protection, animal welfare and food safety standards, which is why I believe Amendment 93 made to the Agriculture Bill in the House of Lords to be an unnecessary potential source of duplication and confusion. I would also like to assure you that the Government will not compromise on matters relating to the health and wellbeing of our children during trade negotiations.
I hope this response has provided some clarity and reassurance and thank you again to those who took the time to contact me about this.