The UK Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Owen Paterson MP will give evidence to the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee on Wednesday 12 June.
This is the first time that a Secretary of State has given evidence to the Committee. The session will focus on the progress of reform of the Common Agricultural Policy and the use of neonicotinoids by farmers and their impact on the environment, and bee populations in particular.
Convener of the Committee Rob Gibson MSP said:
“The reform of the Common Agricultural Policy affects the livelihoods of thousands of farmers and crofters across Scotland as well as having significant impacts on other rural businesses and the environment. But it is a lengthy, complex process so it’s critical that this Committee ask questions of the UK Minister who is at the EU negotiating table.
“The Committee is also keen to question the Secretary of State on the impact of the use of neonicotinoids on bee populations given the recent European Commission decision to restrict the use of three of the most widely used insecticides.”
The Committee will take evidence from the Secretary of State on Wednesday 12 June and a link to the papers for the meeting can be found here.