Select Committee on European Union Fortieth Report


Letter from the Chairman to Barry Gardiner MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

  Sub-Committee D (Environment and Agriculture) has considered the Commission's Communication on this subject, together with your Explanatory Memorandum.

  In our view this is a subject of considerable importance and we are pleased to see that there is broad consensus among Member States on the need for action and that the Government's response to the proposed strategy is generally favourable, with most of the key actions it recommends being already provided for in existing UK policy instruments. We are content therefore to clear the document, noting that the Commission will report annually on progress. We would wish to be kept informed of progress and of other developments.

20 July 2006

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