Agriculture: Scotland

Scotland Office written question – answered on 12th December 2017.

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Photo of Deidre Brock Deidre Brock Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Devolved Government Relations), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Fair Work and Employment), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Northern Ireland)

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on the value of agricultural land in Scotland.

Photo of Deidre Brock Deidre Brock Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Devolved Government Relations), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Fair Work and Employment), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Northern Ireland)

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on the value of the Scottish fishing fleet and its landings.

Photo of Deidre Brock Deidre Brock Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Devolved Government Relations), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Fair Work and Employment), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Northern Ireland)

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on the value of international trade for Scotland's food and drink sector.

Photo of David Mundell David Mundell The Secretary of State for Scotland

As part of our work preparing to make a success of our departure from the European Union we are carrying out a full suite of analysis as you would expect a responsible Government to do. This means looking at 58 sectors as well as cross-cutting regulatory, economic and social issues to help inform our negotiation positions.

We have discussed sectoral and other economic analysis with the Scottish Government and the other devolved administrations frequently since the referendum, including at several rounds of JMC (EN) meetings. There has also been extensive engagement with the DAs outside of the JMC process – including meetings at both ministerial and official level.

The Government’s Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health, Food and Drink Manufacturing and Fisheries sectoral reports set out a description of the sectors, the current EU regulatory regime, existing frameworks for how trade is facilitated between countries in these sectors and sector views. These reports have been made available for members of both Houses to read in a secure reading room.

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