1 Dec 2022
The Secretary of State for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), Dr Thérèse Coffey MP, is to be questioned on a wide range of topics - from the rising cost of living to sewage pollution - by MPs on the parliamentary committee that scrutinises her department.
With food inflation at its highest rate for many years, Dr Coffey may be asked about government assistance for farmers facing high feed, fertilizer and fuel costs as well how DEFRA , working with other government departments, supports low-income families accessing healthy nutritious food.
There are also likely to be questions on labour shortages in the food and farming sectors and the issuing of visas to foreign workers. An EFRA Committee inquiry that published a report in April 2022 heard from the National Farmers Union that labour shortages were “probably the single biggest issue” facing food supply chains.
The Secretary of State may also be questioned on the range of environmental targets her department is due to set - then deliver on - under the Environment Act 2021. The deadline for publishing these targets has already passed.
Work of the Department
Tuesday 6 December at 2.00 pm in The Grimond Room, Portcullis House
Find the recording here: Parliamentlive.tv - Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee