MAJOR BOOST TO THE CAMPAIGN FOR A RURAL STRATEGY:
The Independent Food, Farming & Countryside Commission hosted by the RSA in its report launched on Tuesday 16th July ‘Our Future in the Land’ has added its voice to the calls by the RSN and the House of Lords Select Committee for a comprehensive Rural Strategy (more to follow)
Environment Secretary Michael Gove MP attended the Oxford Farming Conference on January 3, where he delivered a speech on the fourth agricultural revolution and his long-term plans for food production in the UK. Farming minister, George Eustice MP, and Shadow International Trade and Climate Change Secretary, Barry Gardiner MP, contributed to a panel session at the Oxford Farming Conference entitled ‘The World Beyond Brexit‘, discussing exports and how agri-food businesses can find a competitive advantage in post-Brexit trade.
Parliament remained recess for the Christmas break.
Parliament returned from recess on Monday 7 January.
On Tuesday 8 the Communities, Housing and Local Government Committee convenes to hear evidence as part of its ongoing inquiry into the future of the high street. Elsewhere, the Lords Economic Affairs Committee hears evidence on social care funding in England.
On Wednesday 9 the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Housing and Care for Older People will meet to present their social care green paper: ‘The lives we want to lead’.
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