On 7th January 2020 the Bishop of St Albans, Rt Revd Alan Smith, received two written answers from Government, about agriculture in future trade deals, and the Agriculture Bill:
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(i) To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have, if any, to exclude agriculture from future trade deals.
HL70 (ii) To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Agriculture Bill will be introduced to Parliament.
(i) The Earl of Courtown: In negotiating free trade agreements after the UK leaves the EU, the Government will pursue an agenda that will deliver prosperity for the whole of the UK. Mandates for future negotiations are still under consideration and the Government will publish its negotiating objectives in due course. The Government has committed that the NHS will not be on the table in any trade agreement.
(ii) Lord Gardiner of Kimble: A new Agriculture Bill was announced alongside the Queen’s Speech and will be introduced shortly.