Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

Session 2008-09

22 July 2009


The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has decided to examine the implications of the collapse of Dairy Farmers of Britain (DFB). The Committee will consider in particular:

• the impact of the collapse of DFB on dairy farmers and the industry;

• the governance and accountability structures of DFB; 

• Defra’s response to the collapse of DFB; and

• the causes and lessons to be learned from the collapse of DFB.

The Committee does not intend to consider the issues surrounding the receivership of the cooperative that are expected to be covered in the report by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The Committee invites all interested parties to address these matters in writing by Monday 31 August.  Further submissions, after the meeting held by the receivers on 7 September, will be considered.  A programme of oral evidence will be announced in due course.


Submissions should be in Word or rich text format and sent by e-mail to efracom@parliament.uk.  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 must address the terms of reference. They should be as brief as possible, and no more than 2,000 words.  Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and the document must include an executive summary (no more than one page long). 

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Personal information, such as address and contact details, should be provided separately from the body of your submission. You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Submissions should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Once submitted, no public use should be made of the submission unless you have first obtained permission from the Committee.

For further details about this inquiry, please contact Joanna Dodd, Inquiry Manager, on 020 7219 3279.

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