Duty to report on international obligations

Part of Agriculture Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:45 pm on 15th November 2018.

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Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Labour, Bristol East 4:45 pm, 15th November 2018

I was waiting for the Minister to get on to the sustainable development goals, because that is where his response is weakest. There is not a clear mechanism. When the Environmental Audit Committee took evidence the other week on the progress being made on the goal to end hunger, we asked four Ministers from four different Departments whose responsibility it was in Government to deliver on that goal, and they all looked completely blank and turned to each other. We need a proper mechanism to report on what we are doing on the SDGs. It is not enough to say that it is buried in the detail of departmental plans.