§ 24. Mr. Pickthall
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with large retailers about developing more local sourcing of farm produce. 
§ Alun Michael
My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has not had any recent meetings with large scale retailers about local sourcing of farm produce. However, Food from Britain, whom we grant aid, have been working with the major supermarkets to encourage them to source more local produce and we are aware that there has been a considerable expansion in local sourcing in recent years.