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Dairy Produce

Volume 505: debated on Wednesday 10 February 2010

9. What recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on marketing Welsh dairy produce overseas. (315872)

The United Kingdom and Welsh Assembly Governments continue to support Welsh farmers’ promotion of their first-class produce overseas.

Has the Minister had the near-orgasmic experience of trying Rachel’s yoghurt, made in Aberystwyth, or perhaps of eating Llanboidy, Perl Wen or Llangoffan cheese from Wales? What action is he taking to ensure that those culinary delights are spread throughout Europe?

We are doing a tremendous amount in that regard, in partnership with the Welsh Assembly Government. [Interruption.]

I am sure you do, Mr. Speaker, and I shall do my best to ensure that you do.

Let me give a couple of examples of the excellent work that is being done. Welsh food and drink producers will be at the Gulfood trade exhibition in Dubai this month—and of course I must add, as Members would expect me to, that Caerphilly town and borough councils are doing their utmost to promote Caerphilly cheese. It is the best cheese in Europe, Mr. Speaker, and I should be happy to give a piece to you and to the hon. Member for Lichfield (Michael Fabricant).