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Commenting on today's Queen's Speech, Adam Royle, Senior Parliamentary Officer at the Campaign to Protect Rural England said:

"We welcome the inclusion in today's legislative programme of the Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill. Farmers and small producers across England's villages, market towns and countryside have been waiting for a long time for a body that will ensure they get a fair deal from supermarkets.

"CPRE's own research, through our Mapping Local Food Webs programme, shows that, across the country, networks of suppliers, producers and retailers are providing great local food and drink, contributing to the life and vitality of villages, towns and cities and helping to build a sense of local identity and distinctiveness. But many are also struggling against the overwhelming power of the big supermarket chains. Supermarkets are here to stay, but a strong Adjudicator will help to ensure that they operate fairly, giving vital local food networks a better chance to compete.

"We hope that the Government will now introduce its promised Bill to Parliament at the earliest opportunity, and ensure that it creates an Adjudicator with teeth."

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Notes to Editors:

Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill

The Bill would create a Groceries Code Adjudicator to uphold the Competition Commission’s existing Groceries Code and ensure suppliers are treated fairly and lawfully by large retailers (those with a groceries turnover in the UK of more than £1 billion). The aim is to boost investment and innovation in the supply chain to the benefit of consumers by stopping supermarkets passing on excessive risk and costs to suppliers. The Adjudicator would be given the power to arbitrate disputes between retailers and suppliers, investigating anonymous complaints and taking sanctions against retailers who break the rules. The government is proposing to give the adjudicator the power to ‘name and shame’ supermarkets that are found to have broken the code, but not the power to fine.

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