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Agriculture: Seasonal Workers

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN HL2807, tabled on 27 October 2016

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the demand for seasonal workers in the agricultural industry to ensure crops are harvested in the required timescales.

Answered on

10 November 2016

Supporting our farmers and protecting the environment will form an important part of our exit from the EU. We are now focused on making sure that all our policies are delivering for the UK and to grow our world-leading food and farming industry.

We regularly meet farmers and industry representatives and are well aware of the challenges farmers face as their need for workers fluctuates depending on the season and the state of the crop.

With regard to seasonal labour, until we leave the EU, there are no changes to labour movements. Defra is very aware that migrant workers from other EU countries will be one of the complex issues that will have to be resolved as part of our exit negotiation and future relationship with the EU. We are currently working with colleagues across government to understand the issues and explore options.