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Views on Planning, Antibiotics and Welfare Urged

24 January 2014

UK - The All Party Parliamentary Group for Eggs, Pigs & Poultry, covering the egg, poultry meat and pork sectors, has announced that it intends to hold an enquiry into planning, antibiotics and welfare and is calling for interested parties to submit written evidence.

The Group's Chairman, Neil Parish MP, said: "Since the establishment of the APPG for Eggs, Pigs & Poultry, we have focused on raising the profile of these sectors. As part of this process we are calling for evidence to look broadly at what effect the current rules on planning, antibiotics and welfare have.

"All three sectors are a great national asset and it is important that their issues are raised. As part of this process the All Party Group intends to enquire into these issues facing our egg, poultry meat and pork industries.

"As a preliminary step we are calling for interested parties to let us have their views. This should help to keep the focus on the need to ensure the UK continues to benefit from strong farming sectors delivering affordable, quality, high welfare British produce."

Mr Parish, the MP for Tiverton and Honiton and formerly the Chairman of the influential Agriculture Committee of the European Parliament, added: "All three industries face significant challenges including high feed prices as well as significant costs imposed by farm animal welfare, environmental and food safety regulations agreed at the EU level.

"Whilst we support these we are particularly keen to ensure the UK is not in any way disadvantaged by an unlevel playing field with our EU partners or is burdening itself with ‘gold-plated’ legislation."

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Eggs, Pigs & Poultry was established in July 2012. The group is a cross-party body for Members of the House of Commons and House of Lords with an interest in the egg, poultry meat and pork sectors.

The group was established to raise issues of concern to the industries concerned. The group has the support of the National Pig Association, the British Poultry Council, the British Egg Industry Council and the National Farmers Union.

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