Neil calls for simplification of environmental schemes

In the House of Commons, Neil pressed the Secretary of State for Environment Food and Rural Affairs on simplifying environmental schemes post-Brexit. Neil supports a 'Green Brexit' where farmers are rewarded for enhancing our natural environment, through agri-environmental schemes.

You can read the question below, or watch it at this link.

Neil:

"I thank Members very much for supporting me in becoming the Chair of the Select Committee on Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. As we reform our support systems for agriculture, and our environmental schemes in particular, we can make them less complicated—we will not have to count trees, work out whether a tree is a sapling and so on—and ensure that we can retain water and do everything that we want to do with the environment, as well as producing food. We have an ideal opportunity to do that as we bring the new British farming policy together".

Michael Gove - Secretary of State

"I add my voice to those of everyone in the House in congratulating my hon. Friend on securing re-election as Chairman of the Select Committee. Once again, he absolutely hits the nail on the head. As we move outside the European Union, our system of agricultural support must protect farmers through the vicissitudes they face; and, critically, the environmental benefits that farmers secure for us every day must be at the heart of any new system of support".