First DEFRA Questions of 2019

Neil Parish MP participated in the first oral parliamentary questions to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs of 2019 on Thursday 17th January.

Neil took the opportunity to hold the Government to account about introducing 5-year sentences for those convicted of cruelty to animals.

He also asked about amendments he has tabled to the Agriculture Bill, encouraging minister to look at his amendments in more detail.

Neil later said: “I feel reassured that introducing5-year sentences for animal cruelty is on the Government’s radar. However, I want to see action from DEFRA so that this long-overdue legislation is introduced.

“I will also seek to hold further discussions with ministers about my amendments to the Agriculture Bill. It is of the utmost importance to me that our farmers are protected as we leave the EU so they can continue providing us with great British produce.”

You can see Neil’s full questions and the responses he received here.