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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-03874: Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 18 October 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the UK Government on the continuation of food name protection, including Protected Designation of Origin, Protected Geographical Indicators and Traditional Speciality Guaranteed in order to retain these protections in the domestic market following the UK’s exit from the EU.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 31 October 2016

The Scottish Government are engaged at ministerial and official level with the UK Government to ensure the best outcome for Scotland following the EU referendum. The UK Government have confirmed that they are looking at options for when the UK formally leaves the EU, including a potential British protected food name status scheme and the Scottish Government continues to engage with Defra on options for Geographical Indications, including protected food names.