Farms: Tenancy Agreements

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 12th January 2018.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to respond to the reports from the Tenancy Reform Industry Group working group submitted to him in October 2017.

Photo of David Drew David Drew Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will bring forward proposals to implement the recommendation of the Tenancy Reform Industry Group made in October 2017 to allow tenants under the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 to have the statutory right to assign those tenancies to assist with retirement and restructuring.

Photo of David Drew David Drew Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will implement the recommendation of the Tenancy Reform Industry Group made in October 2017 to require that contractual clauses in farm tenancies regulated by the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 which seek to restrict farm tenants from investing in fixed equipment, diversifying or working off the holding should be subject to a test of reasonableness.

Photo of David Drew David Drew Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the recommendations from the Tenancy Reform Industry Group of October 2017, whether he has plans to encourage longer-term Farm Business Tenancies; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The government is committed to supporting a vibrant tenant farming sector which creates opportunities for new entrants to the industry. Last year I asked the Tenancy Reform Industry Group to give an opinion on a range of issues. This included giving consideration to how Defra might make greater use of its powers under the 1970 Agriculture Act. I have received their report and we are considering these matters further.

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