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Common Agricultural Policy after 2013 - further information

Background to inquiry

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee undertook an inquiry into the European Commission’s proposals for reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) after 2013. The inquiry considered the impact of the proposals on agriculture in the UK.

At a cost of about €57 billion in 2010, the CAP is the EU’s single largest item of expenditure. It affects almost 50% of the EU’s land area and nearly 14 million agricultural holdings. The CAP is due to be reformed by December 2013. The European Commission will outline their options for a new CAP framework in November, prior to issuing draft legislative proposals in summer 2011.

Report and Government Response

The Report was published on Friday 15 April 2011 and the Government Response was published on Monday 4 July 2011:

Vol I - Report (html version)  PDF version (525 KB)

Vol II - Oral evidence and printed written evidence (html version)  PDF version (2 MB)

Virtual Vol III - Additional written evidence received (html version)  PDF version (526 KB)

5th Special Report - The Common Agricultural Policy after 2013: Government response to the Committee's Fifth Report of Session 2010-11 (html version)  PDF version (150 KB)

Oral evidence

The transcripts of the sessions listed below are published with the Report.

Wednesday 8 December 2010

Oral evidence from Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB); Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE); and Tenant Farmers Association (TFA)

Webcast of session on Parliament Live TV

Tuesday 11 January 2011 

Oral evidence from Country Land and Business Association (CLA); and National Farmers' Union (NFU)

Webcast of session on Parliament Live TV

Thursday 13 January 2011 

Video conference evidence from Commissioner Dacian Cioloş, Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission

Wednesday 19 January 2011

Oral evidence from Dr Joan Moss, Principal Agricultural Economist at the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI); and Professor Alan Swinbank, Emeritus Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Reading

Webcast of session on Parliament Live TV

Wednesday 26 January 2011 

Oral evidence from George Lyon, MEP, Rapporteur to the European Parliament report on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy after 2013; and (via video link) Brian Pack OBE, Chair of the inquiry into Future Support for Agriculture in Scotland

Webcast of session on Parliament Live TV

Tuesday 1 February 2011

Oral evidence from the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB); British Retail Consortium (BRC); and the Food and Drink Federation (FDF)

Webcast of Session on Parliament Live TV

Tuesday 8 February 2011

Oral evidence from Rt Hon Mr James Paice MP, Minister of State for Agriculture and Food, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and Martin Nesbit, Director, EU and International Agriculture, Defra

Webcast of session on Parliament Live TV 

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