The APPG on Agroecology has launched a new website and we will gradually be transferring old content from this site to the new one:

 

http://agroecology-appg.org/

 

All new updates will now be posted to the new website.

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
 
Select Committee Announcement
For Immediate Release:
 
EVIDENCE SESSION: MPs TO TAKE EVIDENCE ON WINTER FLOODS

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee will take evidence on the recent flooding events from the Chairman of the Environment Agency, Lord Chris Smith and the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP.

This is the final evidence session of the Winter Floods inquiry focusing on the implications of the winter floods and following up on the maintenance issues and recommendations that the Committee raised last year in its Report on Managing Flood Risk. Among other things, the Committee will ask about reductions in funding, responsibilities for maintenance and lessons to be learnt from the winter floods.

The evidence session will be held on Wednesday 2 April 2014.
At 3:00pm
The Committee will take evidence from
  • Lord Chris Smith, Chairman, Environment Agency
  • Paul Leinster, Chief Executive, Environment Agency
  • David Rooke, Executive Director of Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management, Environment Agency
At approximately 3.45pm
  • Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP, Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
The meeting is expected to take place in the Wilson Room, Portcullis House, Palace of Westminster.  Further information is available on theCommittee’s website.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
FURTHER INFORMATION:
 
Committee Membership is as follows:  Miss Anne McIntosh (Chair), Richard Drax, Jim Fitzpatrick, Mrs Mary Glindon, Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck, Iain McKenzie, Sheryll Murray, Neil Parish, Ms Margaret Ritchie, Mr Mark Spencer, Roger Williams
 
Specific Committee Informationefracom@parliament.uk/ 020 7219 2290/ 020 7219 5774
Media Information: Hannah Pearce pearcehm@parliament.uk/ 020 7219 8430
Twitter: Follow the EFRA Committee on twitter @CommonsEFRA
 
Committee Websitewww.parliament.uk/efracom
Watch committees and parliamentary debates onlinewww.parliamentlive.tv
 
Publications / Reports / Reference Material: Copies of all select committee reports are available from the Parliamentary Bookshop (12 Bridge St, Westminster, 020 7219 3890) or the Stationery Office (0845 7023474). Committee reports, press releases, evidence transcripts, Bills; research papers, a directory of MPs, plus Hansard (from 8am daily) and much more, can be found on www.parliament.uk

Environmental Audit Committee 

  
ANNOUNCEMENT OF PUBLICATION
BIODIVERSITY OFFSETTING: GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO THE COMMITTEE’S SIXTH REPORT OF SESSION 2013-14
The Report, Biodiversity Offsetting: Government Response to the Committee’ Sixth Report of Session 2013-14 will be published in one volume as the Environmental Audit Committee’s Ninth Special Report of Session 2013-14, HC 1195, at 10.00am on Friday 28 March 2014.
The Report will be available on the Committee’s website, from approximately 10.00 am on Friday 28 March 2014, at:www.parliament.uk/eacom
Once the Report has been published, copies can be obtained from TSO outlets and from the Parliamentary Shop, 12 Bridge Street, Parliament Square, London SW1A 2JX (020 7219 3890) by quoting House of Commons No. HC 1195.
 
FURTHER INFORMATION:
 
 
Media Information: Nick Davies  daviesnick@parliament.uk/ 020 7219 3297
 
Specific Committee Information:  eacom@parliament.uk/ 020 7219 6150/ 020 7219 5776
Publications / Reports / Reference Material: Copies of all select committee reports are available from the Parliamentary Shop (12 Bridge St, Westminster, 020 7219 3890) or the Stationery Office (0845 7023474).  Committee reports, press releases, evidence transcripts, Bills; research papers, a directory of MPs, plus Hansard (from 8am daily) and much more, can be found onwww.parliament.uk
 
 

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

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MPs ANNOUNCE FINAL EVIDENCE ON FOOD SECURITY

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee will take further evidence in connection with its inquiry into Food Security on Wednesday 26 March as follows:

At 3 pm
  • George Eustice MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Farming, Food and Marine Environment), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

This is the final evidence session for this inquiry. Key themes are: the resilience of our food supply systems in the face of climate change, and technological transfer and uptake. Among other things, the Committee will ask about the new Agri-Tech Strategy and the potential contribution to food security of GM technology.

The meeting will take place in a committee room in the House of Commons. Visitors should check the exact location nearer the time onhttp://services.parliament.uk/calendar/
Further information on the inquiry is available on the Committee’s website.
FURTHER INFORMATION:
 
Committee Membership is as follows:  Miss Anne McIntosh (Chair), Richard Drax, Jim Fitzpatrick, Mrs Mary Glindon, Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck, Iain McKenzie, Sheryll Murray, Neil Parish, Ms Margaret Ritchie, Mr Mark Spencer, Roger Williams
 
Specific Committee Informationefracom@parliament.uk/ 020 7219 6194/ 020 7219 5774
Media Information: Hannah Pearce pearcehm@parliament.uk/ 020 7219 8430
Twitter: Follow the EFRA Committee on twitter @CommonsEFRA
 
Committee Websitewww.parliament.uk/efracom
Watch committees and parliamentary debates onlinewww.parliamentlive.tv

A consultation on the National Pollinator Strategy: for bees and other pollinators in England

Overview

Defra is seeking views on a proposed national pollinator strategy for bees and other pollinators in England.  The strategy sets out proposals to safeguard these important insects given their role in pollinating many food crops and wild plants and their contribution to our food production and the diversity of our environment.

Bees and other pollinators face a wide range of environmental pressures and some species are threatened. Examples of pressures are: intensification of land-use and habitat loss both leading to loss of their food sources and shelter; pests and diseases; invasive species; use of pesticides; and, climate change. There are growing concerns that these pressures are leading to declines in the number, diversity and geographical ranges of individual species.

Available evidence on these concerns is set out in the independent report on the ‘Status and value of pollinators and pollination services’ (‘the Status Report’) which Defra commissioned in 2013 to help inform development of the Strategy. The Status Report is published with this consultation document.

Through the proposed Strategy, the government’s aim is to set a new direction to safeguard and support our pollinators, building on many current initiatives and drawing on the skills, experience and enthusiasm of all interested parties. It is a shared plan with the other interested organisations who have worked with us on it over the last six months. We will continue to work with these organisations during implementation. We also want to inspire action at all levels by many other organisations and individuals, guided by the strategy’s vision, aims and actions.

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Our next meeting will review developments around farming and pollinators since our last examination of the evidence in April 2013 (see here). We will here from 3 leading experts on the subject – Dr Lynn Dicks, Professor Mark Brown and Peter Lundgren.

 

For more details see the meeting page.

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
 
Select Committee Announcement
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MPS ANNOUNCE FURTHER EVIDENCE ON FOOD SECURITY

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee will take further evidence in connection with its inquiry into Food Security on Wednesday 5 March as follows:

At 3 pm

·         Peter Melchett, Policy Director, Soil Association

·         Vicki Hird, Senior Campaigner, Friends of the Earth

At approximately 3:40 pm

·         Henry Robinson, President, CLA

·        Nick von Westenholz, Chief Executive, Crop Protection Association

At approximately 4.10 pm

·         Professor Melanie Welham, Director of Science, BBSRC

·         Dr Paul Burrows, Executive Director of Corporate Policy and Strategy, BBSRC

·         Professor Sue Hartley, Director, York Environmental Sustainability Institute, University of York

Details of the final evidence session will be announced in due course.
The meeting is expected to take place in Room 16, main committee corridor, in the Palace of Westminster.
Further information on the inquiry is available on the Committee’s website.

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Agroecology has released a briefing calling for more support for agroecological farming to help ensure that land in the UK is managed so as to decrease rather than increase the risk of flooding.

 

Poor soil structure caused by intensive farming limits the land’s ability to absorb water and also results in soil erosion which can then block or slow water courses. Agroecological farming, including the use of cover crops and rotational grazing can help to improve soil structure and fertility and can drastically increase the water holding capacity of farmland.

 

To read the briefing go to the report page.

Seventh Special Report
Implementation of the Common Agricultural Policy in England 2014-2020

 

Implementation of Common Agriculture Policy 2014-2020

14 February 2014

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has received a response from the Government to its seventh report of this session, which was published on 3 December 2013.

The Committee will publish this response as its Seventh Special Report of Session 2013-14 (HC 1088) on Thursday 20 February 2014 at 12 noon.

 

Copies of this Special Report are available in the following ways:

  • Media representatives can collect the Report from the Press Gallery, House of Commons.
  • Electronic copies will be emailed to those who submitted evidence to the Committee’s inquiry.
  • Copies may be obtained, on publication, from the usual outlets, including The Parliamentary Bookshop and The Stationery Office.
  • The Special Report will be posted on the Parliamentary internet, and will be accessible via the Committee’s homepage.

Further information:

 

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
 
 
EVIDENCE SESSION: MPs TO TAKE EVIDENCE ON WINTER FLOODS

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee will take evidence on the recent flooding events from the Association of Drainage Authorities, Blueprint for Water Coalition and the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management.

This evidence session is part of the Winter Floods inquiry focusing on the implications of the winter floods and following up on the maintenance issues and recommendations that the Committee raised last year in its Report on Managing Flood Risk.

The evidence session will be held on Wednesday 26 February 2014.
At 3:00pm
The Committee will take evidence from
  • Dr Jean Venables, Chief Executive, Association of Drainage Authorities
At approximately 3.45pm
  • Rob Cunningham, Head of Water Policy, RSPB, representing Blueprint for Water Coalition
  • Martin Salter, National Campaigns Co-ordinator, Angling Trust, representing Blueprint for Water Coalition
  • Martin Whiting, Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management
  • Jed Ramsay, Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management
The meeting is expected to take place in Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster.  Further information is available on the Committee’s website.
 
 
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