Cross Party Group on Food

FDF Scotland provides the Secretariat to the Scottish Parliament's Cross Party Group on Food. The Group was set up in 2004 and has the following remit:

  • To raise awareness of food issues from production through to consumption in Scotland and their importance to the consumer, the economy, the environment and to the health of Scotland;
  • To act as a policy forum for discussion and updating on food issues in Scotland;
  • To contribute to policy development on a range of food issues in Scotland.

Any questions regarding the Group should be referred to Mary Lawton.

Information can also be found on the Scottish Parliament's website.

Please note views expressed in these meetings do not necessarily represent the views of FDF Scotland and its Members.


In 2004 the Scottish Consumer Council (SCC) worked closely with MSPs to establish a Cross Party Group on Food. The Group met for the first time in November 2004 with SCC providing the Secretariat.

In 2006 it was agreed that the Secretariat should be jointly shared between SFDF and SCC (which became Consumer Focus Scotland in 2008). It was also decided to have joint Co-Conveners to spread the load. SFDF (now FDF Scotland) took over the Secretariat in 2011.

Conveners are elected at the Annual General Meeting each year. Currently there are four Co-Conveners from across the political spectrum. Please click on names to link to their own webpages.

Co-Convener John Scott - Conservative

Co-Convener Gail Ross - Scottish National Party

Co-Convener Mark Ruskell- Green Party

Co-Convener Rhoda Grant - Scottish Labour

The Cross Party Group on Food benefits from a very broad and diverse membership. Details of members and meetings for this session can be found on the Scottish Parliament's website.

Further details of the Group and archived documents are available from the Secretary Mary Lawton.