MP hails fairer trade for farmers

PROPOSALS in parliament to better enforce the Groceries Code have been hailed by a county MP as a ‘move towards fairer trade’ for Northumberland’s farmers.

Sir Alan Beith commented after progress was made on the Grocery Code Adjudicator Bill.

It will create an independent ombudsman to ensure that standards are adhered to and sanction supermarkets if they break them. It will also be able to hear complaints in complete confidence, not only from suppliers but also from third party organisations.

Sir Alan said: “I have been calling for a Grocery Ombudsman to bring balance and fairness into the grocery market and get a better deal for our local farmers.

“This is why I am proud that we are delivering on this in Government and I welcome the Bill’s Second Reading in the House of Commons.

“The Government expects that the adjudicator will be appointed very soon. Once the legislation is in place in the New Year, this person will play an important role in ensuring a fair deal for British farmers.”