Mark Williams, Member of Parliament for Ceredigion and Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, has welcomed an announcement by the Government of a review into the remit of the Groceries Code Adjudicator.
This comes after long campaigning by Liberal Democrats, civil society organisations, farming unions, suppliers and consumers.
Mark said “I was glad to see the Government has finally agreed to hold a review into the remit of the Groceries Code Adjudicator. The creation of the Adjudicator was essential, but its remit has been extremely limited and was in desperate need of more powers.
“We have already seen it make a positive difference, and its ability to levy fines on large retailers to ensure they do not abuse their power over small suppliers was a huge improvement. However, it is concerning that the overwhelming majority of farmers have no recourse to the Adjudicator to resist unfair pressure from the big supermarkets.
“The announcement of a review is greatly overdue, and I would urge the government to ensure its remit is extended from “gate to plate” right across the supply chain, something the farming unions and many dairy farmers have long been calling for.
“It is vital that we provide our farmers with the confidence that a means of recourse is available to them when there has been legitimate breaches of conduct. At a time of grave uncertainty for our farmers, this chance to improve the Adjudicator must not be another missed opportunity.”