Agriculture: Subsidies

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 5th November 2019.

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Photo of Lord Morris of Aberavon Lord Morris of Aberavon Chair, EU Justice Sub-Committee

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Morris of Aberavon on 17 October (HL Deb, col 198), when they will be in a position to reply to the issues raised about agricultural support after Brexit, particularly in relation to Wales.

Photo of Lord Gardiner of Kimble Lord Gardiner of Kimble The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

In the Agriculture Bill introduced in the previous session, broadly similar powers were conferred on the Welsh Ministers as on the Secretary of State for England. This was done at the request of the Welsh Ministers and included the powers in clause 11. This means that the Welsh Ministers would have powers to modify retained EU legislation relating to the financing, management and monitoring of Common Agricultural Policy schemes.

The Welsh Government have also announced that they will bring forward their own Agriculture Bill in the National Assembly at a later date. The Welsh Government have informed me that this will be preceded by a White Paper, intended to be brought forward during the current Assembly term.

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