Union Meeting Provides First Public Platform for Pack

NFU Scotland’s annual council meeting, being held on Monday, 8 November at Murrayshall near Perth, will provide farmers with the first opportunity to hear first hand from Brian Pack about his vision for future support arrangements for agriculture in Scotland.

With reform of Europe’s Common Agricultural Policy scheduled for completion by 2013, Mr Pack is carrying out an inquiry on behalf of the Scottish Government into how support to Scottish agriculture could be best delivered in the future.  An interim report published in June included a number of short-term recommendations.   His final report and long-term recommendations will be published on Wednesday, 3 November in Perth. 

The first opportunity Mr Pack will have to discuss his final report face-to-face with farmers will come a few days later when he gives a presentation to the NFUS Council.

NFU Scotland Chief Executive, James Withers said:

“Our Council meeting will be the first chance for farmers to hear directly from Brian about his vision for future support arrangements in Scotland and I know Brian is keen to hear reaction and receive feedback directly from farmers themselves.

“The commissioning of this report by the Scottish Government and the work carried out by Brian and his team has meant that Scotland, when compared to many other member states, is already ahead of the game in formulating its thinking on what we want from reform of the CAP.  

“Brian’s interim report, published in June, has already identified a number of short-term measures some of which could be in place as soon as 2011.  This final report will map out more fully what he believes Scottish agriculture needs the forthcoming reform of the CAP to deliver and I look forward to reading it.

“The Pack report will form an important part of a whole raft of views being built up at home and in Europe.   Europe’s Agricultural committee of MEPs has already presented its thoughts and the European Commission’s own initial communication on CAP reform, although already widely leaked, is expected to be formally launched on 17 November and discussed by Agricultural ministers in December. 

“Debate around CAP reform is developing considerable momentum and the Pack report is an important part of securing the right deal from the CAP negotiations for Scottish farmers.”  

Notes to Editors

  • The Final Report of Brian Pack’s Inquiry into Future Support for Agriculture in Scotland will be published on Wednesday, 3 November.
  • NFU Scotland’s Annual Council Meeting will take place at Murrayshall Hotel, Scone, near Perth on Monday, 8 November starting at 12.30pm.  
  • Because of the significance of the meeting, all NFU Scotland members, not just Council members, are invited to attend.   They can register for the event by contacting Diane Burnside on 0131 472 4023 or email:
  • If members of the press would like to attend the NFU Scotland Council meeting on Monday, 8 November contact Bob Carruth on 0131 472 4006 or Email:


Contact Bob Carruth on 0131 472 4006

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News Article No.: 150-10

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