Natural England: Agriculture

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 24th November 2010.

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Photo of Julian Smith Julian Smith Conservative, Skipton and Ripon

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of members of the Natural England (a) board and (b) committees has a background in farming.

Photo of James Paice James Paice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The information is as follows:

(a) The Natural England Board has two farmers and a smallholder out of a total of ten non-executive board members.

(b) Natural England has no statutory committees. Other groups or committees such as the Audit and Risk Committee meet according to business needs and include membership drawn from the non-executive Board. Natural England's Science Advisory Committee includes external representation from universities, including the Centre for Rural Economy, School of Agriculture, University of Newcastle.

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