Agriculture minister Baroness Hayman strove to reassure the House of Lords the new code of practice would support suppliers. She said the code would "follow very closely" the specific concerns about competitiveness in the Competition Commission report. It would include: a requirement that supermarkets make standard terms of business available on request; that they do not delay payments to suppliers; it will outlaw retrospective price-reductions; and prevent supermarkets from seeking payments as a pre-condition of supply. Lord Borrie questioned whether the code would be effective because, according to the NFU, farmers had been unwilling to give details to the Commission due to "bullying tactics" by supermarkets. Baroness Hayman said supermarkets would be legally bound to comply. She added: "The code will enable suppliers to take action against suppliers. It will also provide for independent arbitration." {{NEWS }}