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Inquiry into the Future of Agricultural and Rural Development Policies in Wales

Response to the consultation

Evidence submitted in response to this Consultation

Purpose of the consultation

For over forty years, Welsh agriculture, the landscapes and environment shaped by it, and the rural communities that depend on it, have been supported by policies set at a European level, albeit with a degree of local adjustment.


Following the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union, the Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee is carrying out an inquiry into the future shape of policies and funding to support agriculture, land management and rural communities which will be decided in Wales.


The Committee wants to identify the principles that should underpin the new Welsh polices that will be needed to replace those currently set by the European Union.


The Committee is now issuing a call for written evidence, based around the terms of reference for the inquiry.


Terms of reference


To develop principles to underpin new agriculture and rural development policy for Wales.


This will include consideration of the following questions:

  • What are the fundamental outcomes we want to see from agricultural, land management and rural development policies?
  • What lessons can we learn from current and previous policies? What about polices elsewhere?
  • To what extent should Wales develop its own agricultural, land management and rural development polices or should it be part of a broader UK-wide policy and financial framework?


Submissions should focus on answering the three questions set out in the terms of reference.


The Committee welcomes responses in Welsh or English from individuals and organisations. We ask that organisations with their own language policies provide bilingual responses in line with those policies.


Submissions should be no longer than 2,000 words, contain numbered paragraphs, and sources of evidence should be referenced and hyperlinked where possible.


Submitting evidence


General information regarding consultation procedures, which should be considered carefully before submitting evidence to the Committee, is set out in guidance for those providing evidence for committees.

An electronic copy of your submission form should be returned to:


Please ensure your response reaches us by 25 November 2016.  The Committee will review all the written evidence at their meeting on 14 December and, based on the responses, take a decision on which organisations/ individuals to call to give oral evidence at their meeting on 12 January 2017.


Contact details

Should you wish to speak to someone regarding this consultation, please use the below contact details:

Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee
National Assembly for Wales
Pierhead Street
CF99 1NA

Telephone: 0300 200 6565



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