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Dairy Industry

Volume 453: debated on Monday 27 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made by the Dairy Supply Chain Forum; and if he will make a statement. (101703)

The Dairy Supply Chain Forum has been instrumental in bringing together all parts of the supply chain to discuss issues where collaboration can benefit all, thereby also increasing transparency and trust. The Forum has improved the evidence base for Government and industry policy-making. For example it has commissioned a number of studies which have examined the impact of Common Agricultural Policy Reform on the sector, looked at barriers to innovation, and assessed skills and training needs. These studies have helped inform the debate within the industry about its future prospects, dispelled some myths, and challenged thinking. The Forum has also discussed issues of concern to the supply chain, including competition and the environmental agenda.

The future structure and objectives of the Forum are currently under consideration, as we wish to ensure that it continues to be relevant and tightly focused.