Inquiry into the Future of Agricultural and Rural Development Policies in Wales


Following the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union, the future shape of policies and finance to support agriculture, land management in Wales and rural communities may be decided in Wales.

The Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee wanted to explore the principles that should underpin the new Welsh polices that would be needed to replace those currently set by the European Union.

This would help to shape the Committee’s work and inform the approach it takes to developing principles from which new policies can be developed.

To start the debate, here are some questions that you might want to respond to:

  • What are the fundamental outcomes that we want to see from agricultural, land management and rural development policies?
  • What lessons can we learn from current and previous policies? What about polices elsewhere?
  • Should Wales develop its own agricultural, land management and rural development polices or should it be part of a broader UK-wide policy and financial framework?

Statement on the Committee's inquiry into the future of agricultural and rural policies in Wales

On 8 November 2016, the Chair made a statement in Plenary (PDF 132KB) on the Committee’s inquiry.


The Committee published its report The future of land management in Wales (PDF 2MB) on 24 March 2017.


The Welsh Government response to the Committee’s report from the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs (PDF 196KB)

Business type: Committee Inquiry

Reason considered: Senedd Business;

Status: Complete

First published: 24/08/2016

Decision due: 28 Jun 2017 by Plenary - Fifth Senedd