Farmers voices heard in Commons

29 May 1998

Farmers voices heard in Commons

FW READERS made their voices heard in parliament last week when shadow farm minister Michael Jack asked farm minister Jack Cunningham questions about the future of UK farming on their behalf.

Speaking during the debate on the CAP last Thur (May 22), Mr Jack asked a series of questions submitted by FW readers. "Why is it that in just 12 months of a Labour government, the confidence of farmers has declined so dramatically?" he asked on behalf of Peter Hall of Wrexham.

For Mr Ward of Rotherham, Mr Jack questioned whether the minister would do anything to help lowland suckler herds? And, on behalf of Leslie Foss, Mr Jack asked: "What is the future for young farmers?"

Mr Jack received no direct answers to any queries posed by FW readers but promised to send their "searching questions" to Dr Cunningham.

Closing the debate, junior farm minister Jeff Rooker said Mr Jack "…was the prize in a magazine contest. That was the result of his speech today. There was a litany of questions. Did anyone read last weeks competition in farmers weekly? The winner of the competition received a speech from the right hon. Gentleman (Mr Jack). He was first prize in a competition."

Mike Stones

&#8226 FW will report Dr Cunninghams response to readers questions.

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