The Government published the Draft Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill on 25 May 2011. The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee agreed to take evidence on food producers views of the Draft Bill.
The Committee considered in particular:
- The need for an adjudicator to enforce the Groceries Code,
- whether the draft Bill’s provisions relating to investigations and recovery of investigation costs by the Adjudicator are sufficient and appropriate,
- whether the concerns of indirect suppliers are met by the Draft Bill, and
- whether the draft Bill’s provisions relating to the Adjudicator’s forms of enforcement following an investigation are sufficient and appropriate,
Following the evidence session the EFRA Committee wrote to the Business, Innovation and Skills select committee who are to conduct pre-legislative scrutiny of the entirety of the draft Bill.