Delyn MP David Hanson has called on the government to take real action to support Flintshire beef farmers by looking at the amount of foreign beef bought and imported by government departments.
Speaking in Parliament, Mr Hanson challenged the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Natural Environment, Water and Rural Affairs on what work his department was doing to ensure the governments purchasing power was being used to support British Beef farmers such as those in Flintshire. The Minister welcome Mr Hanson’s calls and in response, announced an inquiry to look at whether the factors deciding which meat is bought should extend beyond price to ensure the support called for by Mr Hanson for British Beef farmers can be provided in the future.
David Hanson MP said:
“Beef farmers in Flintshire are an important part of our local economy and I know they work hard to compete with imports from across the world. Therefore I think the government should be doing everything they can to use their purchasing power to support local farms and produce, and help bolster our economy in what are still difficult time for many.
I’m glad the Minister accepted my proposal and I’ll be watching his department’s response carefully to ensure we get a good outcome and the support we need for our farmers.”