You may be aware that last year I called on the Government to introduce the mandatory display of food hygiene scores at takeaways and other food outlets.
We all recognise the green sticker, but because it is a voluntary scheme many businesses chose not to display them. This always leads to people being very surprised when they hear about scores in the local newspaper or elsewhere and realise they have unknowingly been visiting businesses with a low score.
I tabled a motion in Parliament asking the Government to follow the example of the Welsh Parliament, who have made displaying scores compulsory.
Recently I submitted a written question to the Ministers responsible who confirmed that the Food Standards Agency is collecting evidence from Wales to be considered by the Government.
I am pleased to see that this is progressing, with the chair of the Food Standards Agency already giving her backing to the idea. This is a common sense approach and I hope we will soon see it adopted across the UK.