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Farming and small business sectors give evidence to Committee

13 November 2018

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The Select Committee on the Rural Economy questions witnesses on farming, food and small business growth in the rural economy and asks whether they are getting the support they need from central government.

Witnesses

Tuesday 13 November in Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster

At 9.45am

  • Minette Batters, President, National Farmers' Union
  • George Dunn, Chief Executive, Tenant Farmers Association
  • Sue Pritchard, Director, The RSA Food, Farming and Countryside Commission

At 10.45am

  • James Alcock, Executive Director, Plunkett Foundation
  • Ruby Peacock, Deputy Head of Public Affairs, Federation of Small Businesses
  • Anna Price, Director, Rural Business Group

Areas of discussion

Likely areas of discussion to include:

  • The challenges for small businesses, farming and agricultural sectors in accessing the necessary skills
  • The role of LEPs and whether the support that they provide is good enough
  • The impact of poor infrastructure such as digital connectivity, mobile coverage, roads and transport on farming and businesses
  • The impact of Brexit on farm profitability and the importance of EU funding to the rural economy

Further information

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