Gove: Scotland may have ‘missed the boat’ on Agriculture Bill

The Scottish government may have “missed the boat” by not contributing to the Agriculture Bill, environment secretary Michael Gove told the Scottish Affairs Committee yesterday.

Gove made the remarks in response to the committee chair Pete Wishart’s claim that Scotland had “missed a bullet” by not participating in the bill or being bound its scope.

Quoting the National Audit Office’s highly critical review of DEFRA’s farming programme and  planned environmental land management scheme (ELMS), Wishart said the strategy was “hopelessly ill-thought out, unprepared and premature”.

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