Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

Session 2007-08

17 July 2008


The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee will undertake a short inquiry into the English pig industry.

The Committee will consider in particular the following:

1. What is wrong with the pig industry in England?  Are present problems more than just a cyclical imbalance between supply and demand?

2. Are domestic pig welfare standards a principal reason that English producers have problems competing with those outside the UK?  Are there other reasons?

3. What could supermarkets and the hospitality industry do to alleviate the pressure on the domestic pig industry?

4. Can the Government do more to support the industry either directly or through its public procurement policies?

The Committee invites all interested parties to address these matters in writing. The deadline for submissions is Thursday 11 September 2008. More information about the required format of submissions is given below.

Oral evidence sessions 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.

Please mark the submission for the attention of the EFRA Committee inquiry.

Submissions should be as brief as possible, and no more than 2,000 words. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference. The document should include an executive summary (no more than one page long).

Committees make public much of the evidence they receive during inquiries. If you do not wish your submission to be published, you must clearly say so. If you wish to include private or confidential information in your submission to the Committee, please contact the Clerk of the Committee to discuss this. Please bear in mind that Committees are not able to investigate individual cases.

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 Nerys Welfoot, Second Clerk, on 020 7219 2735 or Joanna Dodd, Inquiry Manager, on 020 7219 3279.


Further details for this inquiry can be found at: www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/environment__food_and_rural_affairs/efra_pig_industry.cfm

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