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Food: Local Slaughter and Processing

Volume 715: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of Common Agricultural Policy spending in England is used to encourage local slaughtering of animals and local food processing; and whether they plan to increase the proportion. [HL357]

It is not possible to calculate the proportion of Common Agricultural Policy spend on local slaughtering and local food processing, not least because there is no recognised definition of “local”.

However, the Government recognise that consumers increasingly want to know how the food they buy has been produced and its provenance. We have helped to facilitate this choice by providing funding for a range of measures to help regional and local food producers improve their access to market. Examples include: support for local abattoirs; the encouragement of food hubs, farm shops and farmers' markets and shared distribution facilities. Funding for these initiatives came from:

the additional £5 million over five years (03/04 to 07/08) which Defra made available to Food from Britain (FFB) to support the quality regional food sector;

the regional development agencies' (RDA) single pot funding; and

the rural development programme.