Independent Farming Regulation Task Force outcome: further information

Background to inquiry

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee agreed to take evidence about the independent Farming Regulation Task Force’s report, which was published on 17 May 2011.

The Committee considered in particular:

  • whether it is desirable for Defra to change its culture of regulation in the manner suggested by the report,
  • how this cultural shift could be implemented, particularly focussing on strengthened partnership with the farming and food processing industries and more proactive engagement with EU institutions;
  • how a system of ‘earned recognition’ for regulation and inspection recommended by the Task Force would work in practice.

Report and Government Response

The Report was published on 23 September 2011 and the Government Response was published on Monday 12 December 2011:

Related correspondence

Oral evidence

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

Tuesday 21 June 2011 

Oral evidence from Andrea Ross, Reader, School of Law, University of Dundee; and Richard Macdonald, Chair of the Farming Regulation Task Force

Wednesday 22 June 2011 

Oral evidence from Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE); Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA); Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB); Assured Food Standards (Red Tractor); Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF); The Co-operative Group; Country Land and Business Association (CLA); National Farmers’ Union (NFU); and Tenant Farmers Association (TFA)

Call for evidence