StopTTIP: LORDS COMMITTEE TO LOOK AT FOOD AND FARMING SECTORS AS PART OF INQUIRY INTO EU/US TRADE DEAL

 
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Date(s) - 09/01/2014
9:30 am - 12:00 pm

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House Of Lords

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LORDS COMMITTEE TO LOOK AT FOOD AND FARMING SECTORS AS PART OF INQUIRY INTO EU/US TRADE DEAL

The evidence session will take place at 10.05am on Thursday 9 January in Committee Room 1 of the House of Lords.

These are the details for the Thurs am meeting of the House of Lords ‘enquiry’ into TTIP. 10 am.

As you can see, the focus is food and farming, including GM food.

Looks like the ‘public’ are in a separate ‘public gallery’.

The nature of the ‘questions’ that those giving oral evidence (Food and Drink Fed and National Farmers Fed) will be asked show that this enquiry is actually about how to shove through the agreement, rather than any real questioning of what it entails.

I hope some people can attend to start to show that there is interest in the agreement.

Re entry, see below, but don’t forget it can take time, maybe 20 mins, to get through security.

Media Notice

Dated: Tuesday 7 January 2014

LORDS COMMITTEE TO LOOK AT FOOD AND FARMING SECTORS AS PART OF INQUIRY INTO EU/US TRADE DEAL

The Lords Committee investigating the ground-breaking trade deal between the EU and the US will hear from the National Farmers Union and the Food and Drink Federation on Thursday 9 January.

The issue of potential compromises needing to be made on either side of the Atlantic, for example in the areas of GMOs and goods of protected geographical origin, will be examined by the House of Lords EU Sub Committee on External Affairs.

The Committee is holding an inquiry to look at the benefits, both to the EU and the UK, of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which was launched last year.

The Committee will quiz Andrew Kuyk, Sustainability Director at the Food and Drink Federation and Phil Bicknell, Chief Economist at the National Farmers’ Union.

Questions they will face include:

How many jobs or exports might you expect to see added as the result of a TTIP deal?
What goods of protected geographical origin are potentially the most significant economically for the UK?

· To what extent does the EU-Canada agreement set a useful precedent?

· Is the issue of GMOs likely to be the stumbling block it is perceived to be?

· Would you say that TTIP offers a way out of the hormone-free beef dispute?

· What could be the impact if there was a reduction in tariffs?

The evidence session will take place at 10.05am on Thursday 9 January in Committee Room 1 of the House of Lords.

Notes to Editors

The TTIP aims to reduce red tape and remove barriers to trade between the EU and the US, and could boost the UK’s GDP by as much as £10bn every year, according to the Centre for Economic Policy Research. See research page on their website.

2. For more information about the committee see its website.

3. The House of Lords EU Sub-Committee on External Affairs are holding public meetings for this inquiry. Journalists and members of the public are welcome to attend. A regularly updated schedule of meetings will be available on the website. Please contact the Lords Press Office or subscribe to email alerts and newsfeeds if you would like to be kept informed. The Committee expects to publish its report in the first half of 2014.

4. The House of Lords EU Sub-Committee on External Affairs is chaired by Lord Tugendhat. To arrange interviews or other media activity with the Committee please contact Darell Carey on 020 7219 5986.

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