Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (i) what consideration he has given to the establishment of a trade and agriculture standards commission; and (ii) what communication there has been with the UK’s Department for International Trade on the matter.
Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: An independent Trade and Agriculture Commission to advise on post-Brexit agriculture trade policy for the UK has been established by the Department for International Trade (DIT). I have had no contact with the UK’s Department of International Trade on this matter.
The establishment of the Commission is a positive step in providing assurance to producers and public alike that any future trade deal will uphold the UK’s high values in animal welfare, environmental protection and food quality and safety. I am delighted that NI interests will be represented on the Commission following the appointment of Ulster Farmers’ Union Deputy President, Mr Victor Chestnutt.