The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has published its report on the key elements of the Agriculture Bill.
In the report they criticise the process of the Bill which meant they were unable to scrutinise all aspects of the Bill in detail.
The report examines the Government's intention for the Bill, namely to allow government policy to evolve in response to changing environmental priorities and changing social and economic circumstances, and enable government to respond to the, as yet unknown, outcomes of EU withdrawal negotiations; leaving the common agricultural policy; future trade deals; and fairness in the supply chain and fair dealing obligations for first purchasers.
"Given the importance of this Bill in shaping UK agriculture for years to come, it is deeply disappointing that this Committee was not given the opportunity for thorough pre-legislative scrutiny There is uncertainty about what the UK’s future holds post-Brexit and therefore it is appropriate for the Agriculture Bill to be an enabling bill, allowing the Government some flexibility. However, we are disappointed by the extent to which powers have been delegated and by the Secretary of State’s"