Groceries Code not quite there yet, says NFU

The NFU has welcomed the progress of the Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill towards becoming law, but has urged MPs to ensure it has the power to fine retailers.

Peter Kendall - image:NFU
Peter Kendall - image:NFU
NFU President Peter Kendall said: "While the current Bill is in many ways a strong and workable piece of legislation, there are still improvements that need making. Most importantly, MPs must amend the Bill to ensure the adjudicator will, from day one, be able to fine retailers who are found to be in serious breach of the Groceries Code."

The Bill, which will set obligations for large retailers towards their suppliers, had its second reading in the House of Commons on Monday (19 November) and will now be considered in committee, before completing its expected its passage through Parliament early next year.

According to the NFU, the government has already recruited an adjudicator to monitor and enforce the code as soon as the Bill becomes law. NFU head of government affairs Nick von Westenholz added: "We will be working with MPs in the coming days and weeks to ensure a good Bill becomes a first-rate Act of Parliament."

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