21 October 1999
Tories attack farming policies

THE rural economy is facing a generation of crisis because of Labours failure to address its problems, Tim Yeo, the shadow agricultural secretary, said yesterday in Parliament.

He told a debate on food and farming that the agricultural sector was plunging ever deeper into recession and accused the government of doing too little to help.

Mr Yeo commented, in particular, on the pig industry, food labelling and the ban on beef on the bone.

He also warned the government against any relaxation of planning restrictions on the development of prime farmland.

Nick Brown, the agriculture secretary, acknowledged that farmers were facing huge problems.

He hoped to resolve the dispute with the French over their continuing beef-on-the-bone ban.