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Helping Farm Businesses in England

“Farming remains an important business in the UK, employing some 530,000 people and generating over £8 billion a year in income. Many farm businesses face an uncertain future, and Defra’s efforts to find innovative ways to help them adapt to new realities should be encouraged. My report considers good practice emerging in other countries, and makes recommendations as to how the Department can use this experience to improve its efforts to help farmers adapt to the commercial marketplace.”

Published:
16 Sep 2004
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HM Customs and Excise: The Misuse and Smuggling of Hydrocarbon Oils

“The estimated revenue losses from the misuse and smuggling of hydrocarbon oils duty reveal that growing sums of revenue are being lost through smuggling and the illegal use of rebated fuel. Customs have recognised this problem by producing a strategy to deal with the frauds and are developing that strategy further.

“Every effort must be made to combat this criminal activity which not only results in large amounts of lost duty but also poses threats to health and safety.”

Published:
15 Feb 2002
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Identifying and Tracking Livestock in England

“Information on the movement of animals around the country is of vital importance in the fight to prevent the spread of animal disease, all the more so when there is a serious outbreak. It is also vital to consumers confidence in the food that they eat. The animal identification and tracking systems in place at present have helped to protect public health but both systems are in need of improvement.

“For both of its current systems and in the implementation of its new Livestock Identification and Tracing Programme, Defra should work with the livestock industry to improve levels of data accuracy and encourage the use of online methods of communicating information.”

Published:
12 Nov 2003
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Implementing the UK’s Exit from the European Union: The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

The report focuses on how the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs is preparing to exit from the EU. It is part of a series of NAO briefings on the key bodies in the centre of government and the major spending departments that have to deliver Exit programmes.

20 December 2017

Published:
20 Dec 2017
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Increasing Employment Rates for Ethnic Minorities

“Some progress has been made in tackling unemployment rates within ethnic minority groups, but the reality is that over recent years, while there has been a slow but steady improvement, the overall reduction in the employment gap has been modest.

“The Department for Work and Pension’s strategy has been fragmented but is being refocused on those living in deprived areas. While this provides opportunities to help those most disadvantaged, it carries the risk that some ethnic minorities may not receive the help they need to get a job. Unless the Department is prepared to do more to reach out to the ethnic minority communities, prospects for increasing their employment rate remain bleak”

Published:
1 Feb 2008