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Future of agro-environment funding examined

06 October 2016

The Environmental Audit Committee examines the Future of the Natural Environment after the EU Referendum. The inquiry has a particular focus on the future of agro-environment funding and schemes outside the EU.

Tuesday 11 October, Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

At 10.15am

  • Dr Viviane Gravey, Lecturer in European Politics, Queen's University Belfast
  • Mr Steve Trotter, Director, The Wildlife Trusts (England)
  • Mr Martin Harper, Conservation Director, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
  • Professor Carolyn Roberts, Vice-president, Institute of Environmental Sciences (IES)

At 11.00am

  • Mr George Dunn, Chief Executive, Tenant Farmer’s Association (TfA)
  • Mr Patrick Begg, Rural Enterprises Director, National Trust
  • Mr Richard Quinn, Chief Executive, Farmcare Ltd
  • Mr Tim Breitmeyer, Deputy President, Country, Land and Business Association (CLA)

Purpose of the session

The inquiry follows on from the September 7 oral evidence session on environmental policy outside the EU with Dr Thérèse Coffey (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) and Mr Robin Walker (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Exiting the European Union).

This evidence session features two panels. The first is a scene setting session for the current state of the environment and EU protections, with academics and wildlife bodies. The second is a scene setting session for land use in the UK and the use of subsidies, with farming and land management bodies. 

Further information

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