Food (Wales) Bill

A Senedd Member Bill, introduced by Peter Fox MS was successful in a legislative ballot on 22 September 2021. Peter Fox MS was given leave to proceed with his Bill by the Senedd on 17 November 2021.

The Business Committee has remitted the Bill to the Economy, Trade, and Rural Affairs Committee.

 

About the Bill

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

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>>> 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

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Further detail about the Bill can be found in its accompanying Explanatory Memorandum.

 

Current Stage

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A debate on the general principles took place on 24 May 2023. The motion to agree the general principles was not agreed and the Bill was rejected by the Senedd, in accordance with Standing Order 26.14.

 

Record of Passage in the Welsh Parliament

The following table sets out the dates for each stage of the Bill’s passage through the Senedd.

 

¬¬¬Stage 1 (12 December 2022 – 24 May 2023)

A debate took place in Plenary on 24 May 2023. The motion to agree the general principles of the Bill was not agreed.

 

Bill summary (PDF 397KB)

Bill summary – infographic

Written consultation responses

Bilingual Glossary (PDF 92KB)

 

Committee dates

The Economy, Trade and Rural Affairs Committee will consider the Bill on the following dates:

 

Date and Agenda

Purpose of meeting

Transcript

Senedd.TV

14 December 2022

Consideration of Approach to Stage 1 Scrutiny (Private)

Private

 

19 January 2023

Evidence sessions

Transcript

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25 January 2023

Evidence sessions

 

Transcript

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16 February 2023

Evidence sessions

 

Transcript

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1 March 2023

Evidence sessions

Transcript

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8 March 2023

Evidence sessions

Transcript

View meeting

 

The Economy, Trade and Rural Affairs Committee laid its report on 12 May 2023 (PDF 1,634KB).

 

The Committee received a response (PDF 265KB) from Peter Fox MS, Member-in-charge of the Bill on 19 May 2023.

 

The Committee received a response (PDF 236KB) from the Welsh Government on 14 July 2023.

 

The Legislation, Justice and Constitution Committee will consider the Bill on the following dates:

 

Date and Agenda

Purpose of meeting

Transcript

Senedd.TV

23 January 2023

Ministerial evidence session

Transcript

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30 January 2023

Evidence Session – Peter Fox MS

Transcript

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The Legislation, Justice and Constitution Committee laid its report on 11 May 2023 (PDF 1,464KB).

 

The Committee received a response (PDF 166KB) from Peter Fox MS, Member-in-charge of the Bill on 19 May 2023.

 

 

The Finance Committee will consider the Bill on the following dates:

 

Date and Agenda

Purpose of meeting

Transcript

Senedd.TV

9 February 2023

Financial implications of the Food (Wales) Bill: Evidence session

 

Minister’s Evidence Paper

 

Letter from the Minister

 

Transcript

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The Finance Committee laid its report on 12 May 2023 (PDF 211KB).

 

The Committee received a response (PDF 166KB) from Peter Fox MS, Member-in-charge of the Bill on 19 May 2023.

 

The Committee received a response (PDF 183KB) from the Welsh Government on 15 November 2023.

 

Correspondence

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>>>Letter from the Minister for Rural Affairs and North Wales, and Trefnydd – 14 July 2023 (PDF 236KB)

>>>Letter from Peter Fox MS to the Economy, Trade and Rural Affairs Committee - 19 May 2023 (PDF 285KB)

>>>Letter from Peter Fox MS to the Minister for Rural Affairs and North Wales, and Trefnydd - 4 May 2023 (PDF 154KB)

>>>Letter from the Minister for Rural Affairs and North Wales, and Trefnydd to Finance Committee Chair - 20 April 2023 (PDF 232KB)

>>>Letter from the Minister for Rural Affairs and North Wales, and Trefnydd - 16 March 2023 (PDF 256KB)

>>>Letter from the Minister for Rural Affairs and North Wales, and Trefnydd - 28 February 2023 (PDF 257KB)

>>>Letter to the Minister for Rural Affairs and North Wales, and Trefnydd - 8 February 2023 (PDF 101KB)

>>>Letter from Peter Fox MS to the Legislation, Justice and Constitution Committee - 25 January 2023 (PDF 146KB)

>>>Letter to the Minister for Rural Affairs and North Wales, and Trefnydd – 16 December 2022 (PDF 80KB)

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¬¬¬Bill introduced (12 December 2022)

 

Food (Wales) Bill (PDF 182KB), as introduced

 

Explanatory Memorandum (PDF 1.4MB)

 

Presiding Officer’s Statement: 12 December 2022 (PDF 169KB)

 

Statement of Policy Intent (PDF 62KB)

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Contact information

Clerk: Robert Donovan

Phone: 0300 200 6565

 

Postal address:

Welsh Parliament

Cardiff Bay

Cardiff

CF99 1SN

 

E-mail: SeneddEconomy@senedd.wales

Business type: Bill

Reason considered: Senedd Business;

Status: Rejected

First published: 12/12/2022

Documents

Consultations