Farm policy plan needs greater scrutiny say MPs

Government plans for agriculture after the UK leaves the European Union must be more closely scrutinised by parliament, says a cross-party group of MPs.

The recommendation comes in a report published by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Farming – an informal group of parliamentarians chaired by Conservative MP Julian Sturdy, who represents the York Outer constituency.

The report includes industry contributions from the National Farmers’ Union; British Poultry Council; CLA; Compassion in World Farming; National Office of Animal Health; National Sheep Association and Southern Water, and provides a number of key recommendations for parliamentarians shaping the new legislation.

The report was launched during a reception at the Houses of Parliament, hosted by Julian Sturdy MP and All Party Parliamentary Group on Farming Chair.

During the evening, he thanked members for their the contributions to the enquiry and highlighted key themes and recommendations from the report as well emphasising the need for parliamentarians to continue to hear the voice of Farming as the Bill progresses.

Henry Dimbleby also joined the event as a guest speaker, and discussed the role of farmers as producers and the importance of this in relation to the upcoming National Food Strategy.

The full report can be accessed here.