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News & Events / Trade and Agriculture Commission membership announced

Retailers, farming unions, consumer, hospitality, and environmental bodies from across the UK have been named as new members of the Governments new Trade and Agriculture Commission, advising on trade policies to adopt to secure opportunities for UK farmers.

The English, Scottish and Welsh branches of the National Farmers Union (NFU) are all represented, as are the Ulster Farmers Union and the Farmers’ Union of Wales. Other members include the British Retail Council, UK Hospitality, and the Food and Drink Federation.

The Commission will report directly to International Trade Secretary Liz Truss, and be chaired by food safety expert Tim Smith, who is a former Chief Executive of the Food Standards Agency and Tesco Group Technical Director.

It will advise on:


It will be set up for six months and submit an advisory report at the end of its work which will be presented to Parliament by the Department for International Trade.

Food and Agriculture industries are two of the largest manufacturing sectors that employ more than 4 million people and contribute £120 billion to our economy. The new Commission will play a crucial part advising on how trade policy can create further growth and stimulate this critical pillar of our economy.

For more information, please click here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/trade-and-agriculture-commission-membership-announced