Members of the Lords, including a former chair of the Forestry Commission and the former chief executive of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, debated the current and future roles agriculture and horticulture play in Britain’s rural economy and the role that advances in agricultural science can play in the further development of that sector, in the House of Lords on Thursday 7 July.
This was a general debate. They normally take place on a Thursday in the chamber. During debates, members are able to put their experience to good use, discussing current issues and drawing the government's attention to concerns.
The debate was proposed by Lord De Mauley (Conservative), former Parliamentary Under-Secretary for the natural environment and science.
Members who took part included:
- Baroness Byford (Conservative), former member of the Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee
- Lord Clark of Windermere (Labour), former chair of the Forestry Commission
- Countess of Mar (Crossbench), former president of the Three Counties Agricultural Society
- Baroness Parminter (Liberal Democrat), Liberal Democrat spokesperson for environment, food and rural affairs
Lord Gardiner of Kimble (Conservative), Lords spokesperson for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, responded on behalf of the government.