Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

SESSION 2002-03
31 October 2003                         Implementation of CAP Reform in the UK

31 October 2003                         Implementation of CAP Reform in the UK

Agriculture and EU Enlargement

Two new inquiries announced

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee today announced that it intends to undertake two new inquiries relating to developments in agriculture in the European Union.

1. Implementation of CAP Reform in the UK

The Committee will consider: (a) following what principles and by what method the United Kingdom should implement the proposals contained in the regulations formally adopted at the Council meeting in September 2003; (b) what impact implementation will have on the agricultural sector, particularly when taking account of approaches to CAP Reform in other European Union Member States; and (c) what progress has been made in implementing the proposals made by the Policy Commission on the Future of Farming and Food, and how that work meshes with wider reform of the CAP.

The deadline for the submission of written evidence for this inquiry is Friday 12 December.

2. Agriculture and EU Enlargement

The Committee will examine the current state of agricultural production in the accession states; the effect of the transitional arrangements and of CAP reform, including the Commission proposals for reforms to specific commodity sectors; and the impact of enlargement on the agriculture markets of Europe.

The deadline for the submission of written evidence for this inquiry is Friday 9 January 2004.

Evidence should be submitted in Word or WordPerfect formats, and should be sent by e-mail to [email protected] The body of the e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from.

Submissions should be as brief as possible, and certainly no more than 3,000 words. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and it would be helpful to include a brief executive summary. Those submitting evidence are reminded that evidence should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Once submitted no public use should be made of it, but those wishing to publish their evidence before it is published by the Committee are invited to contact the Clerk of the Committee to obtain permission to do so.

Oral evidence sessions in relation to each inquiry will be held in the New Year. A programme will be announced in due course.

Further details of the Committee, including its current membership, can be found on the Committee's homepage at http://www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/environment__food_and_rural_affairs.cfm Information about the Committee can also be obtained from 020 7219 3262.