Food Insecurity Bill (HC Bill 136)

A

BILL

TO

Require the Government to monitor and report on food insecurity; to make
provision for official statistics on food insecurity; and for connected purposes.

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and
consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present
Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1 Duty of Secretary of State to monitor and report on food insecurity

(1) The Secretary of State must establish annual monitoring of and reporting on
household food insecurity in the United Kingdom.

(2) For the purposes of this Act “food insecurity” means a person’s state in which
5consistent access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other
resources at times during the year.

2 Monitoring and reporting

(1) The Statistics and Registration Act 2007 is amended as follows.

(2) After section 9 insert—

9A 10Official statistics: food insecurity

(1) The Secretary of State must lay before each House of Parliament a draft
of an order, under section 6(1)(b) of this Act, to make provision for
official statistics for the monitoring of household food insecurity in the
United Kingdom, including provision for the inclusion in the annual
15Living Costs and Food Survey of food insecurity questions.

(2) Before laying a draft order under subsection (1) the Secretary of State
must—

(a) consult the Scottish Ministers, the Welsh Ministers, the relevant
Northern Ireland department, and such other persons (in
20addition to the Board) as the Secretary of State considers
appropriate, and

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(b) have due regard to international best practice on food
insecurity, including but not limited to the United States
Household Food Security Survey.

(3) As soon as practicable after the publication each year of Living Costs
5and Food Survey data, the Secretary of State must publish an annual
report on food insecurity.

(4) The Secretary of State’s annual report must include—

(a) an assessment of trends in food insecurity, broken down by
different parts of the United Kingdom and different regions of
10England, and

(b) a summary of actions to be taken in areas of high food insecurity
by the UK Government, the Scottish Government, the Welsh
Government or the Northern Ireland Executive.

(5) The Secretary of State must consult the Scottish Ministers, the Welsh
15Ministers and the relevant Northern Ireland department before
preparing a report under subsection (4).

(6) The Secretary of State must lay before Parliament a copy of each report
prepared under subsection (4).

(7) In this section—

  • 20“parts of the United Kingdom” means—

    (a)

    England,

    (b)

    Scotland,

    (c)

    Wales, and

    (d)

    Northern Ireland;

  • 25“regions of England” has the same meaning as that used by the
    Office for National Statistics.”

3 Extent, commencement and short title

(1) This Act extends to England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

(2) This Act comes into force at the end of the period of two months beginning
30with the day on which this Act is passed.

(3) This Act may be cited as the Food Insecurity Act 2018.