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Agricultural Theft

Volume 479: debated on Thursday 17 July 2008

16. To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on the likely effects on trends in the theft of agricultural equipment and red diesel of rising world oil and metal prices. (219303)

The Secretary of State has not had any discussion with the Home Secretary on the theft of agricultural equipment and red diesel. Farm security is a matter for individual farms to address, with advice from the police if necessary.

I sympathise with farmers who have been victims of crimes, but crime is the remit of the Home Office, and not this Department.