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Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee

Provisional UK Common Frameworks on Animal Health and Welfare, Organic Production, and Agricultural Support

Letter to the Convener from the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands, Mairi Gougeon, 7 February 2022

Dear Finlay,

In the previous parliamentary session the then Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Tourism wrote to the then Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee on 16 December 2020 with summaries of the proposed common frameworks on Animal Health and Welfare, Organic Production, and Agricultural Support. I am now writing to you to share the text of these provisional Frameworks with your Committee.

My officials, together with their counterparts in the UK Government, Welsh Government and the Northern Ireland Executive have been working jointly to develop the Animal Health and Welfare, Organic Production, and Agricultural Support Frameworks. These provisional frameworks were confirmed by the portfolio Ministers of the four governments in January 2021. I am sharing these provisional frameworks for your Committee to scrutinise.

These provisional frameworks consist of a Framework Outline Agreement and Concordat. Please find an updated cover page for each framework attached, with the Framework Outline Agreement and Concordat included as annexes. My officials are happy to provide any further information if that would be helpful.

I am copying this letter and all attachments to Dean Lockhart MSP, Convener of the Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee as they may take an interest in some of these matters, and to Clare Adamson MSP, Convener of the Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee due to the Committee’s interest in the overall UK Common Framework programme.

Yours sincerely,

Mairi Gougeon

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