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21 November 2023 - UK trade policy: food and agriculture - Oral evidence

Committee Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
Inquiry UK trade policy: food and agriculture

Tuesday 21 November 2023

Start times: 2:00pm (private) 2:30pm (public)

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EFRA Committee to scrutinise UK’s agri-food trade policy

Over 4 million people were employed by the UK’s agri-food industry in 2022, with the sector contributing £127bn to the economy in 2021, but how coherent is the UK’s agri-food trade strategy and could it be improved? This is what MPs on the EFRA Committee will be setting out to explore in their evidence session next Tuesday.

Meeting details

At 2:30pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry UK trade policy: food and agriculture
Chief Executive at Agricultural Industries Confederation
CEO at International Meat Trade Association
Director at Food and Drink Exporters Association
At 3:30pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry UK trade policy: food and agriculture
International Trade Development Director at Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB)
Director of Sustainability and Growth at Food and Drink Federation
Reader in Law at Cardiff University

The cross-party Committee will take evidence from sector experts on the effectiveness of the UK’s trade strategy for food and agriculture. The hearing will scrutinise whether the Government’s approach to agri-trade policy has maximised opportunities for businesses in the sector.

Since leaving the EU the UK has signed three Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), with negotiations for other trade agreements currently ongoing. The Committee will next week look at the impact of the Australia and New Zealand FTAs on UK agriculture, investigating the opportunities and challenges that these FTAs present.

The evidence session will analyse how flexible the Government’s agri-food trade strategy is, particularly considering the sector’s ability to cope with global shocks, in light of recent volatility. MPs will examine how the UK’s approach compares to those of other major economies and whether there are lessons that can be applied to the UK context.


Room 6, Palace of Westminster

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