Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry

Report of the committee

Monday, June 20, 2016

The Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry has the honour to present its

FOURTH REPORT

Your committee was authorized by the Senate on Thursday, January 28, 2016, to examine and report on international market access priorities for the Canadian agricultural and agri-food sector.

The committee budget submitted to the Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration and the report thereon of that committee were printed in the Journals of the Senate of March 24, 2016. On April 12, 2016, the Senate approved a partial release of $100,188 to the committee. The report of the Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets, and Administration recommending the release of additional funds is appended to this report.

Respectfully submitted,

GHISLAIN MALTAIS

Chair

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APPENDIX (B) TO THE REPORT

Thursday, June 16, 2016

The Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration has examined the budget presented to it by the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry for the proposed expenditures of the said committee for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017, for the purpose of its special study on international market access priorities for the Canadian agricultural and agri-food sector, as authorized by the Senate on Thursday, January 28, 2016. The approved budget is as follows:

Activity 2:
Beijing and Shanghai, China
$


260,000
TOTAL$


260,000

(includes funds for a fact-finding mission; includes funds for 10 senators to travel)

The budgets approved by the Senate for each travel activity are the maximum amount that can be spent for that activity;

Budgets normally include funds for the full membership of the committee to travel;

In general, a reduced delegation actually travels and efforts are made to find additional savings;

Therefore, actual expenditures are expected to be considerably below the approved budget, and they will be reported to the Senate;

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Any surplus funds remaining at the conclusion of a travel activity will be clawed-back and can be made available for allocation to committees for other activities.

Respectfully submitted,

LEO HOUSAKOS

Chair