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UK-Australia trade deal: Outlook for UK farming, food and drink examined

25 April 2022

The International Trade Committee hears from the Trade and Agriculture Commission (TAC) and a range of representatives from the UK agriculture, food and drink sectors.

Witnesses

Tuesday 26 April 2022

At 10.00am

  • Professor Lorand Bartels MBE, Chair, Trade and Agriculture Commission

At 11.00am

  • Nick von Westenholz, Director of Trade and Business Strategy, National Farmers’ Union
  • Robert Hodgkins, shepherd
  • Gerald Mason, Senior Vice President, Tate & Lyle Sugars
  • James Russell, Senior Vice President, British Veterinary Association
  • Miles Beale, Chief Executive, Wine and Spirit Trade Association

The session, to be held across two panels, continues the Committee’s scrutiny of the UK-Australia trade deal. MPs will first hear evidence from the Chair of the TAC, which has a statutory role in scrutinising free trade agreements, after which a panel will be held with representatives from the UK agri-food sector.

In the first panel, MPs will explore the conclusions of the TAC’s report to the Government on the impact of the Australia deal on UK food production standards. Potential topics of discussion include the report’s conclusions on how the agreement affects UK standards on animal and plant health, animal welfare, and the environment, including the impact of differences in UK and Australian standards regarding pesticides and genetically-modified organisms.

The Committee will then take evidence from agriculture, food and drink sector representatives. Subjects will include the adequacy of the deal’s protections for British farming, ramifications of greater Australian market access for the UK sheep meat sector, and the deal’s likely impact on the sugar industry and the drinks trade.

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