Skip to main content

23 April 2024 - UK trade policy: food and agriculture - Oral evidence

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

Tuesday 23 April 2024

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

Add to calendar

Ministers to face MPs’ questions on the UK’s agri-food trade strategy

Government Ministers Greg Hands and Sir Mark Spencer face questions from the EFRA Committee in the final evidence session of its inquiry into the UK’s trade policy for food and agriculture.

MPs ask the Ministers for their views on the repeated concerns heard during this inquiry that the UK does not have a coherent trade strategy for food and agriculture. 

Meeting details

At 2:30pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry UK trade policy: food and agriculture
Minister for Food, Farming and Fisheries at Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Minister for Trade Policy at Department for Business and Trade
Deputy Director, Tariffs, Rules of Origin, International Food Security and Negotiations Strategy at Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs

The Ministers will be questioned about the implications for the UK agri-food sector, of the UK’s accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

The Committee is also likely to examine why negotiations towards a new UK-Canada free trade agreement (FTA) were paused earlier this year. MPs will ask the Ministers how the Government plans to respond if Canada continues to insist on the UK accepting hormone-treated beef as part of an FTA.

The Ministers will also be questioned on why the Government does not agree to follow stakeholder calls for the UK to insist on core standards regarding Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) rules, animal welfare and environmental standards in trade agreements, as a precondition.

With the EU remaining the UK’s most significant trading partner for agri-food products, the Committee will also probe how the UK will mitigate market-access barriers that arise from increasing divergence from new EU agri-food and environmental legislation. 


Room 6, Palace of Westminster

How to attend