Wednesday, 18 July 2012

New Beef & Lamb All Party Parliamentary Group unveiled

It’s been said that information as a source of learning is only a benefit if organised, processed and made available to the right people.

Central to EBLEX’s activities is providing relevant information to producers to help their enterprises fulfil their potential. Our Better Returns Programme (BRP), for example, helps beef and sheep producers evaluate their businesses through direct communication. This is combined with practical, free events across England and a range of informative literature and other resources.

But it’s not just about providing practical information at the coalface of the industry. EBLEX has a strong track record in ensuring industry information – everything from environmental impact to economic input – reaches a wider stakeholder audience to stimulate debate on relevant issues.

Good to see then that last week saw the re-establishment of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Beef and Lamb. It will provide a forum for parliamentarians to discuss issues facing the English beef and lamb sector. Chaired by Neil Parish MP (Con, Tiverton & Honiton), the group will help ensure that parliamentarians are fully briefed by industry experts on the latest developments in the beef and lamb sector, including supply chains, exports, sustainability, health and nutrition.

The group has some strong credentials. The other officers are Rory Stewart MP (Con, Penrith & The Border), Liberal Democrat agriculture spokesman Andrew George MP (Lib Dem , St Ives) , Labour peer Baroness Gibson of Market Rasen, Shadow Food & Farming Minister Huw Irranca-Davies MP (Lab, Ogmore) , Mark Spencer MP (Con, Sherwood) and Roger Williams MP (Lib Dem, Brecon & Radnorshire).

The APPG will be able to draw on the expertise of EBLEX as a knowledge house to ensure they are fully informed with the most up-to-date information and statistics relating to the beef and lamb sector. The group’s establishment is certainly a positive move and will no doubt help ensure that debate on industry-related topics at the highest level is well informed.