A Quiet Word:
Lobbying, Crony Capitalism
and Broken Politics in Britain

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee is a select committee of the House of Commons in the Parliament of the United Kingdom. The remit of the Committee is to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and its associated public bodies. The Committee is currently chaired by Anne McIntosh MP. [1]
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November 2013

CAP implementation 2014-2020

  • Richard Macdonald, Chair, Farming Regulation Task Force Implementation Group gave evidence on 5 Nov. [144]

October 2013

CAP Implementation 2014-2020

CAP Implementation 2014–2020

  • Rt Hon Mr Owen Paterson MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs gave evidence on 29 Oct. [142]
  • Ian Trenholm, Chief Operating Officer gave evidence on 29 Oct. [142]
  • Sarah Hendry, Director, Rural Development, Sustainable Communities and Crops gave evidence on 29 Oct. [142]
  • Martin Nesbit, Acting Director General, Strategy, Evidence and Customer, until recently Director EU, International and CAP Reform gave evidence on 29 Oct. [142]
  • Amy Holmes, Defra gave evidence on 29 Oct. [142]

Energy Subsidies in the UK

Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity

June 2013

Food contamination

Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity

May 2013

FOOD CONTAMINATION

  • James Fairbairn, Former Commercial Director, Freeza Meats gave evidence on 14 May. [129]
  • Catherine Brown, Chief Executive gave evidence on 14 May. [129]
  • Rt Hon Lord Rooker, Chair gave evidence on 14 May. [129]
  • Steve Wearne, (Interim) Director, Food Safety gave evidence on 14 May. [129]
  • Andrew Rhodes, Food Standards Agency gave evidence on 14 May. [129]
  • Joanna Darmanin, Head of Cabinet gave evidence on 21 May. [130]
  • Bernard Van Goethem, Director of Directorate G (Veterinary and International Affairs) gave evidence on 21 May. [130]
  • Koen Van Dyck, Head of Unit G4 (Food, Alert Systems and Training) gave evidence on 21 May. [130]
  • Jacqueline Minor, European Commission Representation in the UK, European Commission, DG Health and Consumers gave evidence on 21 May. [130]

April 2013

Draft Dangerous Dogs (Amendment) Bill

Food Contamination

  • Professor Allan Reilly, Chief Executive gave evidence on 23 Apr. [127]
  • Raymond Ellard, Director, Consumer Protection, Food Safety Authority of Ireland gave evidence on 23 Apr. [127]
  • Elizabeth Moran, Coordinator and President, Association of Public Analysts gave evidence on 23 Apr. [127]
  • Dr Duncan Campbell, Past President/Honorary Secretary, Association of Public Analysts gave evidence on 23 Apr. [127]

Minutes of EvidenceHC 95

March 2013

Bovine TB Vaccination

Flood Funding

FOOD CONTAMINATION

  • Councillor Mehboob Khan, Chair of the LGA Safer and Stronger Communities Board, Leader of Kirklees Council, West Yorkshire gave evidence on 5 Mar. [121]
  • Steve Jorden, Local Government Association gave evidence on 5 Mar. [121]
  • Andrew Simpson, President gave evidence on 5 Mar. [121]
  • Stephen Rossides, British Meat Processors Association gave evidence on 5 Mar. [121]
  • Paul Finnerty, Chief Executive gave evidence on 5 Mar. [121]
  • Stuart Roberts, Group Agriculture and Livestock Director, ABP Food Group gave evidence on 5 Mar. [121]
  • Peter Kendall, NFU gave evidence on 5 Mar. [121]

Minutes of EvidenceHC 330

February 2013

Bovine TB Vaccination

Flood Funding

Minutes of EvidenceHC 330

January 2013

Contamination of Beef Products

RURAL COMMUNITIES

December 2012

Minutes of EvidenceHC 521

  • Richard Benyon MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Natural Environment, Water and Rural Affairs gave evidence on 5 Dec. [108]
  • John Robbs, Defra gave evidence on 5 Dec. [108]
  • Sarah Adcock, Defra gave evidence on 5 Dec. [108]

Rural Communities

Tree health and plant biosecurity

November 2012

Defra Annual Report and Accounts

  • Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs gave evidence on 6 Nov. [104]
  • Bronwyn Hill, Defra gave evidence on 6 Nov. [104]
  • Tom Taylor, Defra gave evidence on 6 Nov. [104]

Draft Water Bill

  • Richard Benyon MP, Parliamentary UnderSecretary of State for the Natural Environment and Fisheries gave evidence on 21 Nov. [106]
  • Sonia Phippard, Defra gave evidence on 21 Nov. [106]
  • Gabrielle Edwards, Defra gave evidence on 21 Nov. [106]

Rural Communities

The Draft Water Bill

  • Neil Griffiths-Lambeth, Senior Vice President, Infrastructure Finance, Moody’s Investors Service gave evidence on 20 Nov. [105]
  • Mark Powles, Business Stream gave evidence on 20 Nov. [105]
  • Nathan Sanders, Managing Director, Utility Solutions, SSE Water gave evidence on 20 Nov. [105]
  • Rob Cunningham, gave evidence on 20 Nov. [105]
  • Nicci Russell, Blueprint for Water gave evidence on 20 Nov. [105]

October 2012

DOG CONTROL AND WELFARE

Draft Water Bill

September 2012

Dog Control and Welfare

Minutes of EvidenceHC 575

July 2012

Minutes of EvidenceHC 521

Minutes of EvidenceHC 538

  • Mansel Raymond, Pembrokeshire dairy farmer and Chairman, NFU Milk Board, England and Wales gave evidence on 17 Jul. [95]
  • Paul Kelly, Director, External Affairs, Asda Stores Ltd gave evidence on 17 Jul. [95]
  • Mike Sheldon, Dairy Crest gave evidence on 17 Jul. [95]
  • All Thank you, gave evidence on 17 Jul. [95]

Ofwat Pre-appointment Hearing

June 2012

Air Quality

  • Matthew Pencharz, Greater London Authority gave evidence on 27 Jun. [82]
  • Elliot Treharne, Greater London Authority gave evidence on 27 Jun. [82]
  • Simon Birkett, Clean Air in London gave evidence on 27 Jun. [82]
  • Dr Colin Powlesland, Health and Emerging Issues Manager, the Environment Agency gave evidence on 27 Jun. [82]
  • Daniel Instone, Defra gave evidence on 27 Jun. [82]
  • Dr Sarah Honour, Defra gave evidence on 27 Jun. [82]
  • Steven Beard, Director of Operations, Blaby District Council gave evidence on 27 Jun. [82]

Desinewed Meat

Moratorium on Desinewed Meat

The Report of the Farming Regulation Task force: Follow up

  • Richard Macdonald, Chair of the Independent Farming Regulation Task Force and Chair of the Implementation Group gave evidence on 13 Jun. [80]

May 2012

MORATORIUM ON DESINEWED MEAT

April 2012

Followup evidence session to the Committee's inquiry into the implications of the Welfare of Laying Hens Directive

Natural Environment White Paper

March 2012

Minutes of EvidenceHC 374

THE WATER WHITE PAPER

February 2012

Minutes of EvidenceHC 374

Natural Environment White Paper

  • Rt Hon Oliver Letwin, Cabinet Office gave evidence on 29 Feb. [68]
  • Miss Chloe Smith, Economic Secretary to the Treasury gave evidence on 29 Feb. [68]
  • Rt Hon Oliver Letwin MP, Cabinet Office gave evidence on 29 Feb. [72]
  • Miss Chloe Smith MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury gave evidence on 29 Feb. [72]
  • Rt Hon Oliver Letwin MP, Cabinet Office gave evidence on 29 Feb. [92]
  • Miss Chloe Smith MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury gave evidence on 29 Feb. [92]

The rationalisation of the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA)

The Water White Paper

January 2012

Greening the Common Agricultural Policy

  • Rt Hon Caroline Spelman MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs gave evidence on 17 Jan. [61]
  • Martin Nesbit, Defra gave evidence on 17 Jan. [61]
  • Arik Dondi, Defra gave evidence on 17 Jan. [61]
  • Arik Dondi, Defra gave evidence on 17 Jan. [61]

Minutes of EvidenceHC 170

  • Rt Hon Caroline Spelman MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs gave evidence on 17 Jan. [78]
  • Martin Nesbit, Director, EU, International and Evidence Base gave evidence on 17 Jan. [78]
  • Arik Dondi, Defra gave evidence on 17 Jan. [78]

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT WHITE PAPER

The rationalisation of the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA)

December 2011

Greening the Common Agricultural Policy

Minutes of EvidenceHC 1563-ii

  • Richard Benyon MP, Parliamentary UnderSecretary for Natural Environment and Fisheries gave evidence on 7 Dec. [58]
  • John Robbs, Director, Marine Programme and Natural Environment gave evidence on 7 Dec. [58]
  • Andrew Clayton, Head of CFP Reform Policy, Department for Environment, Food, Rural Affairs gave evidence on 7 Dec. [58]
  • David Scott, National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations gave evidence on 8 Dec. [66]
  • Bill Brock, South Western Fish Producer Organisation gave evidence on 8 Dec. [66]
  • Paul Joy, co-chair of the New Under Ten Fishermen's Association and South-East representative gave evidence on 8 Dec. [66]
  • Graham Doswell, New Under Ten Fishermen's Association South-East representative and chairman of Eastbourne's Fishermen's Association gave evidence on 8 Dec. [66]
  • Adam Whittle, Billingsgate Seafood Training School gave evidence on 8 Dec. [66]
  • Philip MacMullen, Seafish gave evidence on 8 Dec. [66]

Minutes of EvidenceHC 170

November 2011

Environment Agency

  • Lord Smith of Finsbury, Chairman gave evidence on 1 Nov. [53]
  • Dr Paul Leinster, Chief Executive gave evidence on 1 Nov. [54]
  • Ed Mitchell, Environment Agency (EA) gave evidence on 1 Nov. [54]
  • Rt Hon Lord Smith of Finsbury, Chairman gave evidence on 1 Nov. [54]

Examination of Witness

Greening the Common Agricultural Policy

Minutes of EvidenceHC 1563-ii

Minutes of EvidenceHC 170

  • Peter Kendall, President, The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) gave evidence on 22 Nov. [75]
  • Harry Cotterell, President, The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) gave evidence on 22 Nov. [75]
  • George Dunn, Chief Executive, The Tenant Farmers Association (TFA) gave evidence on 22 Nov. [75]

October 2011

Defra Annual Report and Accounts 2010-11

Examination of Witness

Minutes of EvidenceHC 1563-ii

  • Maria Damanaki, European Commission gave evidence on 27 Oct. [51]
  • András Inotai, Member of Commissioner Damanaki's Cabinet gave evidence on 27 Oct. [51]
  • Oliver Drewes, Commissioner's Spokesperson gave evidence on 27 Oct. [51]
  • Commissioner, gave evidence on 27 Oct. [51]
  • András Inotai, Member of Commissioner Damanaki's Cabinet gave evidence on 27 Oct. [51]

The draft National Policy Statement for Hazardous Waste

September 2011

The draft National Policy Statement for Hazardous Waste

July 2011

Pre-appointment hearing: Chair of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority

  • Margaret McKinlay, preferred candidate, Chair of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) gave evidence on 5 Jul. [33]

June 2011

Draft Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill

  • Peter Kendall, NFU gave evidence on 14 Jun. [34]
  • Nick van der Westenholz, NFU gave evidence on 14 Jun. [35]
  • Richard Hirst, Chairman of Processed Vegetables Growers' Association (PVGA), Member and Past Chairman of NFU Board for Horticulture and Potatoes gave evidence on 14 Jun. [34]
  • David Piccaver, Past Chairman of PVGA, Past Chairman of British Leafy Salads Association, Member of the Fruit and Vegetable Task Force gave evidence on 14 Jun. [34]
  • Laurence Olins, Chairman of British Summer Fruits gave evidence on 14 Jun. [34]
  • Nick von Westenholz, NFU gave evidence on 14 Jun. [34]

EU Proposals for the Dairy Industry

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT WHITE PAPER

Outcome of the Farming Regulation Task Force

The outcome of the independent Farming Regulation Task Force

May 2011

EU PROPOSALS FOR THE DAIRY INDUSTRY

EU Proposals for the Dairy Industry  

  • Christine Tacon CBE, Managing Director, The Cooperative Farms gave evidence on 3 May. [40]
  • Hermanus Versteijlen, Director of Economics of agricultural markets and single CMO, European Commission Directorate General for Agriculture gave evidence on 3 May. [40]
  • David North, UK Corporate Affairs Director, Tesco Stores plc gave evidence on 10 May. [41]
  • Andy Bloor, Chairman of the Wiseman Tesco Sustainable Dairy Group gave evidence on 10 May. [41]

Rural Payments Agency

  • Mark Grimshaw, RPA gave evidence on 11 May. [32]
  • Katrina Williams, Defra Management Committee and Supervisory Board and director-general for the Food and Farming Group, Defra gave evidence on 11 May. [32]

April 2011

EU proposals for the dairy sector and the future of the dairy industry

March 2011

Comprehensive Spending Review FOLLOW UP  

  • Rt Hon Caroline Spelman MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs gave evidence on 30 Mar. [30]
  • Bronwyn Hill, Defra gave evidence on 30 Mar. [30]
  • Peter Unwin, Defra gave evidence on 30 Mar. [30]

IMPLEMENTATION OF THE COMMON FISHERIES POLICY: DOMESTIC FISHERIES MANAGEMENT

Implications for the egg industry

  • Mark Williams, Chief Executive gave evidence on 2 Mar. [22]
  • Giles Clifton, British Egg Industry Council gave evidence on 2 Mar. [22]
  • David Bowles, Director of Communications gave evidence on 2 Mar. [22]
  • Alice Clark, Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) gave evidence on 2 Mar. [22]
  • Andrew Opie, British Retail Consortium (BRC) gave evidence on 2 Mar. [22]
  • Andrew Jorêt, Technical Director of Noble Foods Ltd and Deputy Chairman of the British Egg Industry Council gave evidence on 2 Mar. [22]
  • Joanna Darmanin, Head of Cabinet gave evidence on 22 Mar. [25]
  • Dr Harry Vassallo, Member of Cabinet, European Commission Directorate General Health and Consumer Policy (DG SANCO) gave evidence on 22 Mar. [25]
  • Sue Ellis, Defra gave evidence on 22 Mar. [25]
  • Rt Hon Mr James Paice MP, Minister of State for Agriculture and Food, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) gave evidence on 22 Mar. [25]

Welfare of Laying Hens Directive-Implications for the egg industry

February 2011

The Common Agricultural Policy after 2013

The draft National Policy Statement (NPS) on Waste Water

The Impact of Common Agricultural Policy Reform on UK Agriculture

  • Mr Martin Nesbit, DEFRA gave evidence on 8 Feb. [16]

January 2011

The Common Agricultural Policy after 2013

  • Professor Allan Buckwell, Country Land and Business Association (CLA) gave evidence on 11 Jan. [11]
  • Dr Joan Moss, Principal Agricultural Economist, Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI), Senior Lecturer, Queen's University, Belfast gave evidence on 19 Jan. [12]
  • Professor Alan Swinbank, University of Reading gave evidence on 19 Jan. [12]
  • George Lyon MEP, Rapporteur to the European Parliament report on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy after 2013 gave evidence on 26 Jan. [13]
  • Brian Pack OBE, Chair of the Inquiry into Future Support for Agriculture in Scotland gave evidence on 26 Jan. [13]
  • William Worsley, President gave evidence on 11 Jan. [11]
  • Peter Kendall, President gave evidence on 11 Jan. [11]
  • Tom Hind, National Farmers Union (NFU) gave evidence on 11 Jan. [11]
  • Dacian Cioloº, European Commissioner with Responsibility for Agriculture and Rural Development gave evidence on 13 Jan. [31]

The draft National Policy Statement (NPS) on Waste Water

  • Regina Finn, Ofwat gave evidence on 18 Jan. [18]
  • Keith Mason, Ofwat gave evidence on 18 Jan. [18]
  • Ed Mitchell, Director, Environment and Business gave evidence on 18 Jan. [18]
  • Ian Barker, Environment Agency gave evidence on 18 Jan. [18]
  • Cllr Catherine West, Chair, London Councils' Transport and Environment Committee and Leader of London Borough of Islington gave evidence on 25 Jan. [20]
  • Richard Aylard, External Affairs and Sustainability Director gave evidence on 25 Jan. [20]
  • Phil Stride, Thames Water gave evidence on 25 Jan. [20]
  • Isabel Dedring, GLA gave evidence on 25 Jan. [20]

The draft National Policy Statement on Waste Water

The Impact of Common Agricultural Policy reform on UK agriculture

  • Dacian Cioloş, European Commissioner with Responsibility for Agriculture and Rural Development gave evidence on 13 Jan. [29]

The impact of Common Agricultural Policy reform on UK agriculture  

December 2010

The Common Agricultural Policy after 2013

The use of CLONED ANIMALS AND THEIR OFFSPRING in agriculture

November 2010

Farming in the Uplands

Future flood and water management legislation

  • Richard Benyon MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Natural Environment and Fisheries gave evidence on 3 Nov. [28]
  • Sonia Phippard, Defra gave evidence on 3 Nov. [28]

The Marine Policy Statement

The Outcome of the Comprehensive Spending Review  

October 2010

Farming in the Uplands

Future flood and water management legislation

September 2010

Defra's priorities and annual accounts