On Wednesday 10thOctober, seven members of the House of Lords Select Committee on the Rural Economy visited regeneration projects designed to support skills and employment in rural coalfield areas of South Yorkshire as part of an ongoing inquiry into the challenges faced by rural communities and businesses.
Elsewhere on Wednesday, the Agriculture Bill was subject to a second reading in the House of Commons. Environment Secretary Michael Gove said that food labelling would be changed when the UK leaves the EU so that the provenance of food is clearer. He also addressed concerns about the overuse of antibiotics amongst livestock.
On Thursday the Public Bill Committee published a call for written evidence from those with relevant experience or special interest in the Agriculture Bill. The Committee meets on October 23rd so evidence received before then will be considered.
On Friday 12th the Government published its response to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee report, ‘The future for food, farming and the environment.’ Also this week, the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee published a report recommending that the Government allow water companies to bring in compulsory smart metering by the end of 2019.
On Tuesday 16th at 9.30am the Lords Rural Economy Committee is to hear evidence from Mr. Graham Biggs MBE, Chief Executive of the Rural Services Network, in addition to representatives from the Rural Coalition and the Countryside Alliance.
Later, at 3.20pm the Regenerating Seaside Towns and Communities Committee hears evidence from the British Amusement Catering Trade Association, the British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions, the National Piers Society and the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions.
On Wednesday 17th at 9.30am the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee hears evidence on the Agriculture Bill.
Later at 5pm the All Party Parliamentary Group for Agriculture and Food Development meets to discuss, ‘Modern slavery in our food chain: Working together to end human suffering in supermarket supply chains.’
Also at 5pm the All Party Parliamentary Group for Town Centres meets to discuss reforming business rates.
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