To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last met with the Tenant Farmers Association to discuss their proposals for the reform of the taxation framework within which agricultural tenancies operate in order to foster longer-term farm business tenancies.
Review the written questions submitted by Baroness McIntosh of Pickering.
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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will commit to continuing public investment in supporting growth in farm productivity and resilience after the UK has left the EU.
To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the context of any international trade agreement entered into once the UK has left the EU, how they plan to ensure that the current environmental, animal welfare and food safety standards of British food are protected a...
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to report on the outcome of the call for evidence into whether there should be an extension of the remit of the Groceries Code Adjudicator.
Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish the results of their review into the role and remit of the Grocery Code Adjudicator; and whether the Adjudicator will have powers to (1) investigate alleged breaches of the Code on her own initiative, a...
Her Majesty's Government whether they are planning to extend the remit of the Grocery Code Adjudicator to cover the dairy sector.
Her Majesty's Government when the Rural Payments Agency will pay the outstanding amounts due to farmers for 2015; and what is the average length of time taken from submission of a claim to a payment being made by that agency.
Her Majesty's Government when they last had discussions with representatives from farming organisations to discuss the shape of future farm support.
To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the commitment made in Transferring Care for People with Learning Disabilities - Next Steps, published in January 2015, to establish a reconfiguration taskforce to support local leaders to reshape services ...
To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of disruption to services on the East Coast mainline, what recent discussions they have held with Network Rail on its maintenance programme; and when the existing overhead electric wires will be replaced.
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the number of (1) nursing home beds, and (2) residential care home beds, available in (a) 2005, (b) 2010, and (c) 2015.
To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the recent business rates revaluation, what are the average changes affecting (1) rural businesses, and (2) urban businesses.
To ask Her Majesty’s Government during the recent business rates revaluation, what regard was given to the impact on the turnover and profitability of businesses of seasonality in produce such as livestock, and of currency movements.
To ask Her Majesty’s Government over how long a period the recent rateable revaluation in respect of business rates was estimated.
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on rural businesses that are operating at narrow margins of the impact of increases in rateable values.
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the criteria used to determine the increase in rateable value as regards business rates in the recent rates revaluation.
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the appeals procedure against a proposed increase in rateable value; and what estimate they have made of the average length of time which will be required for an appeal to be considered.
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on rural areas of the proposed Industrial Strategy.