Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

Reform of the EU Sugar Regime

Reform of the EU Sugar Regime

Terms of Reference:

The Committee will take a strategic look at the proposed reform of the EU sugar regime. It recognises that there are two distinct aspects to the discussions on the future of the regime: the perspective of the EU and UK sugar industry, and the impact in the international sphere, taking into account the concerns of cane sugar producers in developing countries. The Committee will initially address the first aspect-the impacts on the EU and UK sugar industry. Evidence is requested on the following key points:

• the extent and timescale of the proposed price reductions

• the extent to which the proposed reductions in price will be transmitted to the consumer

• the implications for UK agriculture, with particular regard to possible alternative land uses

• the proposed arrangements for compensating EU producers

• the changes to the quota arrangements

• the potential impact of the reforms on UK-based sugar beet processors and cane refiners, and the long-term consequences for their industries.

Uncorrected oral evidence sessions:

Wednesday 19 October 2005 
3.00 pm: Tate & Lyle Sugars, Europe
(time tbc): UK Industrial Sugar Users Group

Monday 24 October 2005 
4.30 pm: National Farmers' Union
5.15 pm (approx): British Sugar plc

Wednesday 26 October 2005
3.00 pm: Lord Bach of Lutterworth, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Sustainable Farming and Food), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Press Notices:

10/11/05   Report to be published
13/10/05   Evidence Sessions rescheduled
28/09/05    Evidence Sessions Announced
26/07/05   New Inquiry