Philip Dunne calls on the Government to ensure that when the Agriculture Bill returns to the Commons it includes a multi-year budgetary framework so that funding is guaranteed over a number of years to reflect farming practice.
I am looking forward to addressing the annual conference of the CLA—the Country Land and Business Association—later today, where I will congratulate the association on its fantastic work in environmental enhancement.
Good farming practice depends on multi-year rotations. The existing financial support system, the common agricultural policy, is multi-year and the proposed transition system is multi-year. Will my right hon. Friend confirm that when the Agriculture Bill comes back on Report, it will include a multi-year framework?
I will enlist my hon. Friend’s persuasive powers in making just such a case to the Treasury.