15 December 2022
Dunne secures Ministerial meeting to discuss farming interests ahead of trade negotiations

Philip Dunne secures a meeting with the Trade Minister for MPs representing farming areas to ensure agricultural interests are properly considered in negotiations over upcoming Canada and Trans-Pacific trade deals.

Philip Dunne (Ludlow) (Con)

Farmers in my constituency —I remind the House that I am one—have expressed concerns about ensuring that agricultural interests are adequately taken into account in the upcoming free trade agreement with Canada and the trans-pacific trade agreement that the Minister refers to. I welcome him to his place; will he please invite the Secretary of State to meet me and other colleagues representing agricultural constituencies to discuss those concerns?

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Trade (Andrew Bowie)

I thank my right hon. Friend for his question and for bringing to my attention that it will also be a new agreement between Canada and ourselves, which I forgot to mention in my earlier answer. We are pursuing an ambitious and comprehensive free trade agreement with Canada that builds on our existing trading relationship, already worth £23 billion. We have been clear that the new agreement must work for British exporters, including those in our agriculture and food and drink industries. That includes maintaining our high animal welfare and food safety standards for farmers in Ludlow and across the UK.