EFRA select committee to scrutinise impact of agriculture bill

The EFRA select committee will today examine impact of Agriculture Bill on the supply chain. This morning the Committee will be hearing from organisations involved in agricultural supply chains.

Likely topics for discussion include the potential impacts of the Agriculture Bill on fairness in the food supply chain, including fair dealing obligations and the Government’s proposed powers to collect data.

This morning’s witnesses will be:

  • Nick Allen, Chief Executive Officer, British Meat Processors Association
  • David Brown, Policy Adviser, Horticultural Trades Association
  • David Christensen, Board of Representatives Member, Arla Foods

In the afternoon, the Committee will be hearing from the farming and rural business sector.

Likely topics for discussion include the impact of the Bill on farmers, including the agricultural transition period, phasing out of direct payments and fair dealing obligations to improve fairness in the supply chain.

The witnesses will be:

  • Tim Breitmeyer, President, Country Land and Business Association
  • George Dunn, Chief Executive, Tenant Farmers Association
  • Minette Batters, President, National Farmers’ Union

The committee is made up of: Neil Parish (Chair) (Conservative), Alan Brown (Scottish National Party), Paul Flynn (Labour), John Grogan (Labour), Dr Caroline Johnson (Conservative), Sandy Martin (Labour), Kerry McCarthy (Labour), Mrs Sheryll Murray (Conservative), David Simpson (Democratic Unionist Party), Angela Smith (Labour), and Julian Sturdy (Conservative).

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