A House of Lords Select Committee has recommended that the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government should take over responsibility for rural policy from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
The CLA which represents landowners, farmers and rural businesses reacted to the Lords’ report scrutinising the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006.
CLA Director of External Affairs Shane Brennan said: “The Committee is right to highlight the impact of the loss of key agencies and the focus central government puts on rural economic and community issues. More can be done and the restructuring that Brexit requires is an opportunity to do that.
"Where the responsibility sits within Whitehall departments is less important than there being a dedicated Minister to focus on championing rural affairs across government. We are committed to working with the Ministerial team to improve decision making on key issues from housing, to business growth and delivering rural connectivity."