PE01542: Human Rights for Dairy Farmers

Rural Affairs

Petitioner: Evelyn Mundell on behalf of Ben Mundell and Malcolm and Caroline Smith


Date Lodged: 10 November 2014

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to accept that individual dairy farmers have human rights and that these have been breached by the operating rules of the Scottish ring fencing mechanism attached to the management of milk quotas which should have been carried out in accordance with objective criteria and in such a way as to ensure equal treatment between farmers and avoid market and competition distortion.

Petition History:


13 January 2015: The Committee took evidence from Evelyn Mundell. The Committee agreed to write to the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and Environment and the Scottish Human Rights Commission. Link to Official Report 13 January 2015

17 March 2015: The Committee agreed to postpone further consideration of the petition until after the dairy industry debate in the Chamber. Link to Official Report 17 March 2015

12 May 2015: The Committee agreed to write to the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee. Link to Official Report 12 May 2015

23 June 2015: The Committee agreed to close the petition, under Rule 15.7, on the basis that the decision to ring-fence was democratically made and only a court can rule on whether or not human rights have been breached. Link to Official Report 23 June 2015   

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