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Scrutiny of Common Frameworks

Response to the consultation

Evidence submitted in response to this Consultation

Purpose of the consultation

The Economy, Trade and Rural Affairs Committee is gathering views on Common Frameworks within its remit.


Purpose of the Consultation


Now that the Brexit transition period is over, the UK and devolved governments can take different approaches in policy areas previously governed or coordinated at EU level. In 2017, the governments decided that they wanted to manage divergence in some of these policy areas. To do this, they decided to set up ‘Common Frameworks’ in certain policy areas according to a set of six criteria. Common Frameworks are typically non-legislative agreements setting out how the governments will work together and decide when to follow the same rules and when to diverge.


The four UK legislatures have an opportunity to scrutinise provisional Common Frameworks and make recommendations before they are finalised by Ministers. The Committee is considering provisional Common Frameworks within its remit on:



>>>Agricultural support

>>>Animal health and welfare


>>>Plant health

>>>Plant varieties and seeds




The Committee has already begun taking evidence in relation to the provisional Common Framework on Fisheries Management and Support.


The Committee is seeking your views on the Frameworks to inform its scrutiny.


How to share your views


The Committee would welcome your views on any of these Common Frameworks, and particularly on:



>>>how they could shape the development of Welsh law and policy; and

>>>how they could affect your organisation.



To share your views, please send to SeneddEconomy@Senedd.Wales, or by post to Economy, Trade and Rural Affairs Committee, Welsh Parliament, Cardiff, CF99 1SN.


The Committee will consider the Frameworks at its 17 March meeting, therefore submissions received by Wednesday 9 March will be particularly helpful to Members. Submissions received after this date will still be considered as long as they are received by 1 April 2022.


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.

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