The Scottish Conservatives support establishing a food commission as part of the Good Food Nation Bill. An independent commission would provide more scrutiny of the Scottish Government’s Good Food Nation Plans and would consult widely with stakeholders, from agricultural organisations right through to prison boards to ensure that the Good Food Nation Plans delivered for Scotland.
The SNP Government are already supportive of the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland, which has already had a successful role and this should be replicated with a food commissioner. It will be vital in influencing the direction of good food nation plans. My colleagues Rachael Hamilton MSP and Finlay Carson MSP voted in favour of an amendment calling for the establishment of a food commission during committee discussions around stage 2 of the Good Food Nation Bill, and we will support another amendment at stage 3 and continue to push the SNP Government to implement a Scottish Food Commission.