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Food (Wales) Bill

Purpose of the consultation

Purpose of the Consultation

The Economy, Trade and Rural Affairs Committee is undertaking Stage 1 scrutiny of the general principles of the Food (Wales) Bill (the Bill). To help inform its scrutiny, the Committee is asking for views on the general principles of the Bill and the need for legislation to deliver the stated policy intention.


The stated purpose of the Bill is to establish a more sustainable food system in Wales. The Bill includes provision for:


>>>establishing ‘Food Goals’ to help deliver the Bills main policy objective;

>>>requiring public bodies to take reasonable steps to advance the food goals;

>>>establishing a Welsh Food Commission with the objective of promoting and facilitating the advancement and achievement of the food goals by public bodies;

>>>requiring Welsh Ministers to prepare and publish a national food strategy; and

>>>requiring public bodies (other than the Welsh Ministers) to make and publish a local food plan



Terms of Reference

The Committee is inviting written evidence on the following matters:


>>>The general principles of the Food (Wales) Bill and the need for legislation to deliver the stated policy intention. In coming to a view on this you may wish to consider addressing the individual aspects of the Bill:


***Food goals and targets

***Welsh Food Commission

***National food strategy

***Local food plans

***General matters including meaning of terms, regulations, interpretation, and commencement


>>>Any potential barriers to the implementation of the Bill’s provisions and whether the Bill takes account of them;

>>>The appropriateness of the powers in the Bill for Welsh Ministers to make subordinate legislation (as set out in Chapter 6 of Part 1 of the Explanatory Memorandum);

>>>Whether there are any unintended consequences arising from the Bill; and

>>>The financial implications of the Bill (as set out in Part 2 of the Explanatory Memorandum).



How to share your views

The Committee would welcome your views on any or all of the issues covered in the terms of reference above.


The deadline for submissions to this inquiry is Friday 27 January 2023.


For clarity, there is no designated form for submissions. To share your views electronically, please send to SeneddEconomy@Senedd.Wales, or by post to Economy, Trade and Rural Affairs Committee, Welsh Parliament, Cardiff, CF99 1SN


If you have any questions or would like further information please do not hesitate to contact us.



Providing Written Evidence

The Senedd has two official languages, Welsh and English.


In line with the Senedd’s Official Languages Scheme the Committee requests that documents or written responses to consultations intended for publication or use in Senedd proceedings are submitted bilingually. When documents or written responses are not submitted bilingually, we will publish in the language submitted, stating that it has been received in that language only.


We expect other organisations to implement their own standards or schemes and to comply with their statutory obligation.


Please see guidance for those providing evidence for committees.


Disclosure of information

Please ensure that you have considered the Senedd’s policy on disclosure of information before submitting information to the Committee.

Supporting documents

Contact details

Should you wish to speak to someone regarding this consultation, please use the below contact details:

Economy, Trade, and Rural Affairs Committee
Welsh Parliament
Cardiff Bay
CF99 1SN

Telephone: 0300 200 6565