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Farmers have a chance to submit ideas for the topics that MPs on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Efra) select committee should investigate.

The committee has made an appeal to the public to tell it what key issues it should address during the next Parliamentary session.

Its job is to scrutinise what Defra does and how it spends its budgets. 

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The group’s remit also covers the major agencies such as the Environment Agency, the Rural Payments Agency, Natural England and the Food and Environment Research Agency.

The committee, which is made up of 11 cross-party MPs, is regarded as influential as it has the authority to summon witnesses, including ministers.

Committee chairman Neil Parish MP said people could send a 100-word email with their idea to efracom@parliament.uk using the subject line “Efra Topics”.

Alternatively, they could tweet @commonsefra using the hashtag #efratopics.

“Any of my committee’s inquiries will only be as good as the evidence we receive, and we want to make sure that as wide a range of people as possible contribute to our work,” said Mr Parish. 

“With limited time we can’t promise to tackle everything but we want our work programme to take into account of the public’s views on what the top topics should be. We all look forward to a lively debate.”