MPs debate food prices and food poverty

24 January 2012

Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Mary Creagh, moved an Opposition debate in the House of Commons on Monday 23 January on food prices and food poverty.

Food prices and food poverty

The motion moved by the Opposition called "on the Government to bring forward proposals for the Groceries Code Adjudicator early in the next Parliament to ensure fairness across the food supply chain" and further called "on the Government to work with the retail sector to provide more responsible, transparent price promotions and clearer unit pricing to offer genuine value-for-money for consumers".

The motion was defeated on a division (Ayes 223; Noes 293). 

Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Caroline Spelman, responded on behalf of the Government.

Watch and read the views expressed by MPs during the debate on Parliament TV and in Commons Hansard. Also find parliamentary material on food in the Topics and News sections.

Opposition day debates

Opposition days are days allocated in the House of Commons in each session for the discussion of subjects chosen by the Opposition. Seventeen days are at the disposal of the leader of the largest opposition party to decide which topics are debated. Three days are also allocated to the other smaller opposition parties.

The Opposition generally use them to raise questions of policy and administration. Frequently, two separate subjects are debated on an opposition day.

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