I took the opportunity during the Leaving the EU Questions to remind the government of the necessity to ensure a sustainable future after Brexit for our Teesdale hill farmers who already face marginal incomes.
Leaving the EU: Finance
Commons Chamber: 26 October 2017
Helen Goodman MP
"The uplands have some of the most important environmental benefits in the country, but the farmers have extremely marginal incomes. Will the Minister therefore commit to making no cuts to the support for hill farmers in the uplands?"
George Eustice (Minister of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra))
"We are doing quite a lot of analysis of sectors of the industry that could be affected by any future reform in agriculture policy. The hon. Lady is right to say that some farmers in the uplands are more financially vulnerable, and we are taking that into account. We have also been very clear that any change we implement would have a transition period to ensure that people can adjust."