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Nov 3 2008

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200708/cmhansrd/cm081103/text/81103w0035.htm

 

Food Supply

Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the impact of the current economic situation on national and international food transportation and distribution systems. [231671]

Jane Kennedy: Globally, food security is about whether enough is being produced to meet demand and whether there are efficient and effective trading and distribution systems to get food to where it is needed.

In July this year the DEFRA published a discussion paper entitled ‘Ensuring the UK's Food Security in a Changing World’ which drew together a broad range of key issues and opened a public debate on what more needs to be done in the UK and the rest of the world.

Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps have been taken in partnership with retailers and food suppliers to increase the resilience of the food chain. [231677]

Jane Kennedy: The Government work with the food sector to promote business continuity planning to build the resilience of food supply chains. DEFRA chairs the Food Chain Emergency Liaison Group, a forum at which other Government departments, the food industry and the relevant trade associations can share information, discuss business continuity and jointly consider developing Government policy.

Additionally, in July this year DEFRA published a discussion paper entitled ‘Ensuring the UK's Food Security in a Changing World’ which drew together a
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broad range of key issues and opened a public debate on what more needs to be done in the UK and the rest of the world.

Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what systems are in place to monitor and assess the resilience of the UK food chain. [231678]

Jane Kennedy: DEFRA chairs the Food Chain Emergency Liaison Group (FCELG), a forum at which other Government departments, the food industry and the relevant trade associations can share information, discuss business continuity and jointly consider developing Government policy.

DEFRA is also engaged in the central Government programme to improve civil contingency planning, which includes work on the UK food chain. This programme includes building resilience across all parts of the United Kingdom, horizon scanning and risk assessment. Information in the public domain about the Government's work in this area can be found on the official Government website, the UK Resilience homepage.

Additionally, in July this year the DEFRA published a discussion paper entitled ‘Ensuring the UK's Food Security in a Changing World’ which drew together a broad range of key issues and opened a public debate on what more needs to be done in the UK and the rest of the world.

Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of food imports were from (a) EU and (b) non-EU countries in each of the last 10 years. [231679]

Jane Kennedy: The proportion of food imports despatched to the UK from EU and non-EU countries in each of the last 10 years is given in the following table.

Proportion of UK food imports despatched from EU 27 and other countries, based on traded value: 1998 to 2007
Percentage

EU Non-EU All food imports

1998

64

36

100

1999

64

36

100

2000

65

35

100

2001

65

35

100

2002

66

34

100

2003

69

31

100

2004

69

31

100

2005

69

31

100

2006

69

31

100

2007

71

29

100

Source:
H M Revenue and Customs
Data prepared by trade statistics, Food Chain Analysis Group, DEFRA