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House of Commons

 
 

Thursday 25 October 2018

 

Public Bill Committee

 

New Amendments handed in are marked thus Parliamentary Star

 

Parliamentary Star - whiteAmendments which will comply with the required notice period at their next appearance

 

Amendments tabled since the last publication: 41 to 45 and NC4

 

Agriculture Bill


 

Note

 

This document includes all amendments remaining before the Committee and

 

includes any withdrawn amendments at the end. The amendments have been

 

arranged in accordance with the Order of the Committee [23 October 2018].

 

 


 

George Eustice

 

That on Thursday 25 October, after hearing oral evidence in accordance with the

 

motion agreed to by the Committee on Tuesday 23 October, the Committee shall hear oral

 

evidence from the following until not later than 4.30pm—

 

  (1) Ulster Farmers’ Union;

 

  (2) NFU Scotland;

 

  (3) Scottish Government;

 

  (4) Quality Meat Scotland.

 


 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

44

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  4,  leave out “may” and insert “must”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would require the Secretary of State to provide financial assistance for the

 

purposes listed in Clause 1.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 25 October 2018                  

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

Dame Cheryl Gillan

 

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Clause  1,  page  1,  line  9,  after “enhances” insert “landscape quality,”

 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

49

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  10,  after “heritage”, insert “, including farming systems

 

where they underpin delivery”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would include farming systems in the land or water management activities for

 

which financial assistance can be given in Clause 1(1)(c).

 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

50

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  11,  after “(d)”, insert “limiting greenhouse gas emissions

 

from agriculture or horticulture or encouraging activities that reduce such emissions or

 

remove greenhouse gas from the atmosphere, or”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would add to the purposes for which financial assistance can be given that of

 

limiting greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture or horticulture or encouraging activities that

 

reduce such emissions or remove greenhouse gas from the atmosphere.

 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

51

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  3,  at end insert—

 

“(h)    

supporting agriculture and horticulture businesses to ensure public access

 

to healthy, local, sustainably produced food.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would add to the purposes for which financial assistance can be given that of

 

ensuring access to healthy, local, sustainably produced food.

 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

52

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  4,  leave out subsection (2), and insert—

 

“(2)    

The Secretary of State may also give financial assistance for or in connection with

 

any of the following purposes—

 

(a)    

starting, or improving the productivity of, an agricultural, horticultural or

 

forestry activity;

 

(b)    

supporting businesses or communities in rural areas; and


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 25 October 2018                  

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

(c)    

supporting persons who are involved in the production, processing,

 

marketing or distribution of products deriving from an agricultural,

 

horticultural or forestry activity.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would extend to England the powers provided to Welsh Ministers in Schedule 3

 

paragraph 1(2)(a) and (c).

 

Kerry McCarthy

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Zac Goldsmith

 

41

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  6,  at end insert—

 

(2A)    

The Secretary of State shall also give financial assistance for, or in connection

 

with, the purpose of establishing, maintaining and expanding agro-ecological

 

farming systems, including organic farming.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure that new schemes support agroecological farming systems,

 

including organic, as a way of delivering the purposes in clause 1. Agroecology is recognised by

 

the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation as the basis for evolving food systems that are equally

 

strong in environmental, economic, social and agronomic dimensions.

 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

53

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  18,  at end insert—

 

“(5)    

The Secretary of State must hold a public consultation on—

 

(a)    

how “productivity” should be defined for the purposes of giving financial

 

assistance under subsection (2); and

 

(b)    

the definition of “improving productivity” in subsection (4).

 

(6)    

In the consultation under subsection (5), the Secretary of State must consult—

 

(a)    

persons, or bodies representing persons, who are in any part of an agri-

 

food supply chain, within the meaning of section 13(3);

 

(b)    

persons, or bodies representing persons, who are—

 

(i)    

engaged in horticulture;

 

(ii)    

consumers of horticultural products; or

 

(iii)    

in the supply chain between persons described in sub-paragraphs

 

(i) and (ii).

 

(c)    

persons, or bodies representing persons, who are—

 

(i)    

engaged in forestry;

 

(ii)    

consumers of forestry products; or

 

(iii)    

in the supply chain between persons described in sub-paragraphs

 

(i) and (ii);

 

(d)    

persons, or bodies representing persons, who are not engaged in

 

agriculture, horticulture or forestry but who advocate particular methods

 

of managing land or water in a way that protects or improves the

 

environment,

 

    

and may consult any other person or body the Secretary of State thinks fit.

 

(7)    

No financial assistance may be given under subsection (2) until the Secretary of

 

State has laid before both Houses of Parliament a report setting out—


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 25 October 2018                  

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

(a)    

in summary form, the views expressed in the consultation held under

 

subsection (5); and

 

(b)    

the definitions of “productivity” and “improving productivity” which the

 

Secretary of State proposes to adopt for the purposes of giving financial

 

assistance under subsection (2), with his or her reasons for doing so.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would require the Secretary of State to consult on the definition of “productivity”

 

and “improving productivity” and report on that consultation before giving any financial

 

assistance for that purpose under Clause 1(2).

 


 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

45

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  3,  page  3,  line  5,  leave out “may” and insert “must”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would require the Secretary of State to make regulations for the checking,

 

enforcing and monitoring of financial assistance in Clause 3.

 


 

George Eustice

 

2

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  6,  page  5,  line  9,  at end insert “(unless section 29(4A) applies)”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment and Amendments 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 18, 19, 22, 23, 26, 27, 39 and 40 insert

 

pointers into provisions of the Bill which require regulations to be made using the negative

 

resolution procedure. The pointers are to the requirement (as inserted by Amendment 14) to use

 

the affirmative resolution procedure instead, if the regulations make (by virtue of Clause 29(3)(c))

 

supplementary, incidental, consequential, transitional or saving provision modifying primary

 

legislation.

 


 

George Eustice

 

3

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  9,  page  7,  line  10,  at end insert “(unless section 29(4A) applies)”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See the Explanatory Statement for Amendment 2

 



 
 

Public Bill Committee: 25 October 2018                  

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

George Eustice

 

4

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  10,  page  7,  line  26,  at end insert “(unless section 29(4A) applies)”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See the Explanatory Statement for Amendment 2

 


 

George Eustice

 

5

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  11,  page  8,  line  19,  at end insert “(unless section 29(4A) applies)”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See the Explanatory Statement for Amendment 2

 


 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

46

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  17,  page  12,  line  35,  leave out “may” and insert “must”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would require the Secretary of State to make and publish a declaration if the

 

Secretary of State considers that there are exceptional market conditions in accordance with

 

Clause 17.

 

George Eustice

 

6

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  17,  page  13,  line  14,  leave out “decisions” and insert “conditions”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The text of the Bill should have referred to “conditions” (not “decisions”). This amendment

 

corrects that drafting error.

 


 

George Eustice

 

7

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  19,  page  14,  line  38,  at end insert “(unless section 29(4A) applies)”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See the Explanatory Statement for Amendment 2

 



 
 

Public Bill Committee: 25 October 2018                  

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

47

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  20,  page  15,  line  18,  leave out “may” and insert “must”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would require the Secretary of State to make regulations for marketing standards,

 

such as labelling, packaging, classification in Clause 20.

 


 

George Eustice

 

8

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  21,  page  16,  line  24,  at end insert “(unless section 29(4A) applies)”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See the Explanatory Statement for Amendment 2

 


 

George Eustice

 

9

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  22,  page  16,  line  33,  leave out “a single agricultural sector” and insert “one

 

or more agricultural sectors”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment changes one of the conditions for applying to become a recognised producer

 

organisation so that the condition is met if each member of the organisation is an agricultural

 

producer operating in any one or more of the agricultural sectors listed in Part 2 of Schedule 1 to

 

the Bill (rather than each member being required to operate in the same sector).

 

George Eustice

 

10

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  22,  page  16,  line  39,  leave out paragraph (d)

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment removes the condition for applying to become a recognised producer

 

organisation relating to the legal form of the organisation.

 

George Eustice

 

11

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  22,  page  17,  line  9,  leave out “a single agricultural sector” and insert “one

 

or more agricultural sectors”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment changes one of the conditions for applying to become a recognised association of

 

producer organisations so that the condition is met if each member of the association is a

 

recognised producer organisation operating in any one or more of the agricultural sectors listed

 

in Part 2 of Schedule 1 to the Bill (rather than each member being required to operate in the same

 

sector).

 



 
 

Public Bill Committee: 25 October 2018                  

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

George Eustice

 

18

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Schedule  1,  page  27,  line  18,  at end insert “(unless section 29(4A) applies)”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See the Explanatory Statement for Amendment 2

 


 

George Eustice

 

12

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  24,  page  19,  line  7,  after “unless” insert “section 29(4A) applies or”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See the Explanatory Statement for Amendment 2

 


 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

48

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  25,  page  19,  line  21,  leave out “may” and insert “must”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would require the Secretary of State to make regulations for fair dealing

 

obligations in Clause 25.

 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

54

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  25,  page  19,  line  22,  leave out “first”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would extend the fair contractual dealing provisions of Clause 25 to all

 

purchasers of agricultural products through the supply chain.

 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

55

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  25,  page  19,  line  24,  leave out “first”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would extend the fair contractual dealing provisions of Clause 25 to all

 

purchasers of agricultural products through the supply chain.


 
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