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Minister addresses Environmental Land Management Scheme concerns

15 July 2021

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee holds the final oral evidence session of its inquiry into Environmental Land Management and the Agricultural Transition.

Likely questions

In the first panel, the Committee will question Defra's arms-lengths bodies, exploring the lessons that can be learned from delivering previous farming and environmental schemes.

MPs will then put stakeholder's concerns to the Secretary of State, George Eustice, asking how Defra will address issues raised over the course of the inquiry including:

  • the impact of removing direct payments
  • engagement with stakeholders on the design
  • roll-out of ELM, and payment rates within the Sustainable Farming Incentive


Tuesday 20 July 2021

Panel one, at 2.30pm:

  • Paul Caldwell,Chief Executive, Rural Payments Agency
  • Dr Tony Juniper CBE, Chair, Natural England
  • Rob Cooke, Director, Greener Farming and Fisheries, Natural England

Panel two, at approx 3.30pm:

  • Rt Hon George Eustice MP,Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Janet Hughes, Future Farming and Countryside Programme Director, Defra 

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