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Bill Cash MP requests that Agriculture Minister respond to local farming concerns

Press release 16/06/09       

Following up on a letter on local farming concerns which Bill Cash had sent to Agriculture Minister, Hilary Benn MP, on 1st April, and on which he had not yet received a reply, Cash asked the new farming minister, Jim Fitzpatrick for an urgent response to the concerns.
 
On the evening of Monday 15 June, in the House of Commons debate on Rural Communities, the following exchanges were recorded:
 
Mr. Cash: With respect, the Minister has already said something about his predecessor, and I rise to make a simple point. I wrote to DEFRA on 1 April with a detailed request for certain pieces of information that are highly relevant to this debate. I still have not received a reply, and on behalf of my farmers, who have been having a very difficult time, I ask the Minister to make sure that I receive one as soon as possible.

Jim Fitzpatrick: I am only too pleased to apologise to the hon. Gentleman on behalf of the Department, and I will endeavour to look up his correspondence and respond at my earliest opportunity. . . .
 
Only 10 minutes after the parliamentary debate, an official from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs telephoned Mr. Cash’s office to obtain the unanswered letter, and promised to have a response drafted urgently. 
 
Mr. Cash awaits that urgent response so that he can get to the bottom of those ongoing concerns within the local farming industry.

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