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Food Supply

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many times officials from his Department have met representatives from the National Farmers Union to discuss food security in the last 24 months. (251946)

[holding answer 27 January 2009]: Officials meet representatives from the National Farmers’ Union frequently, both individually and in the context of discussions with other stakeholders, and at national and local levels. These discussions sometimes focus specifically on food security, such as the workshops held in September and November 2008, based on the discussion paper “Ensuring the UK’s Food Security in a Changing World”, published in July last year. However, the issue of food security is also addressed in the context of broader discussions about the Department’s strategic objectives, such as achieving a sustainable, secure and healthy food supply and a thriving farming and food sector. It is therefore not possible to provide a specific number of occasions when the topic has been discussed.