Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)

 

Remit

Background

In early 2014, the Committee agreed in its work programme to take evidence on the implementation of the newly reformed CAP in Scotland, both the direct payments of pillar 1 and the rural development SRDP funds of pillar 2 (both of which are subject to consultation by the Scottish Government). More information on this can be found at the following webpage: The Scottish Government’s implementation of the Common Agricultural Policy and Scotland Rural Development Programme 2014-20.

Previously, the committee considered the European Commission’s proposed reforms to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and took evidence on how these may affect Scotland at meetings on 14 September, 23 and 30 November 2011, and the 7 and 14 March 2012.  The Committee also held a debate in the Chamber of the Parliament, in January 2012, on the issue of the reforms. 

The Committee began its scrutiny by taking evidence from Struan Stevenson MEP, and Ian Hudghton MEP. This was followed by a roundtable session with stakeholders and then evidence from Alyn Smith MEP and George Lyon MEP, both of whom sit on the European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development. The Committee then questioned the UK Minister of State for Agriculture and Food and, finally, the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment.

The Committee wrote to the UK Government and Scottish Government (copied to the Westminster Committees); the European Commissioner; and the European Parliament’s agriculture committee outlining the Committee’s views. This can be found in the report section of this page.

Evidence

Oral evidence

The Committee took oral evidence at its meetings on 23, 30 November 2011, 7 and 14 March 2012

Read the meeting papers and the Official Report (2011)  

Read the meeting papers and the Official Report (2012)

Report

The Committee published its findings on 27 April 2012. This can be read at the following link:

The following responses have been received in relation to the Committee's report:

Additional Information

On 12 June 2012, the Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs attended the Committee to give evidence on the Common Agricultural Policy (and neonicotinoids).

The Committee agreed to write to the Secretary of State with follow up questions from this session.  Read the letter here: