Background to inquiry
The Government published the Draft Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill on 25 May 2011. The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee decided 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 inquiry the EFRA Committee wrote to the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee -the BIS Committee conducted pre-legislative scrutiny of the entirety of the draft Bill.
Correspondence to Business, Innovation and Skills Committee
Oral and written evidence
Tuesday 14 June 2011 (transcript)
Witnesses: National Farmers' Union; and Processed Vegetables Growers' Association
Watch webcast of session on Parliament Live TV
Consolidated volume of oral and written evidence (pdf version)
Call for evidence