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Consultation submissions on 'The future for food, farming and the environment’

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Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

I am seeking access to the following:

1. Specific consultation submissions from the consultation on 'The future for food, farming and the environment’ (https://www.gov.uk/government/consultati...) from the following entities, as they are not available online:

- The National Farmers Union
- CBI
- Bayer
- BASF
- Cargill

2. The full list of respondents to the consultation 'The future for food, farming and the environment’ (https://www.gov.uk/government/consultati...) as it is not available online.

Yours faithfully,

Lucy Owens

SM-Defra-Helpline, Defra (MCU), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs



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Defra Information Rights Team,

Dear Lucy Owens,

Thank you for your email which we received on the 29 September requesting
information.

We aim to answer your request no later than 27th October, which is 20
working days from the date we received it. If we are unable to meet this
deadline we will contact you to explain the reason.

If you have any queries about this letter please contact us.

Yours sincerely

Marie Davies

Information Rights Team

[email address]

Defra Information Rights Team,

Dear Lucy Owens,

Thank you for your request for information which we received on 29
September, about The future for food, farming and the environment. We are
handling your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

We are writing to advise you that the time limit for responding to your
request for information under the FOIA needs to be extended.

The FOIA allows us 20 working days to respond to your request from the
date that we received it. However, section 10(3) of the FOIA provides
that, where we have to consider the balance of the public interest in
relation to a qualified exemption that applies to the requested
information, we can extend the 20-working-day time limit for issuing a
response until such time as is reasonable in the circumstances.

In this case, we regret that we must extend the time limit for responding
by 20 working days because the information requested is being considered
under one or more of the FOIA's exemptions to which the public interest
test applies. This means that we need to assess whether in all the
circumstances of the case the public interest in maintaining the exemption
outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information it, and some
extra time is needed to determine this.

The particular qualified exemption we are considering in relation to your
request is section 43(2) of the FOIA, which relates to commercial
interests.

We can inform you that the extended deadline is 24 November 2021.

We attach an annex giving contact details should you be unhappy with the
service you have received.

If you have any queries about this letter please contact me.

Yours sincerely

Information Rights Team

[email address]

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Defra Information Rights Team,

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Dear Lucy Owens,

Please find attached the response to your request of 29th September for
information on The future for food, farming and the environment.

Yours sincerely

Guy Mawhinney

Information Rights Team

[email address]

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