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House of Commons

 
 

Thursday 1 November 2018

 

Public Bill Committee

 

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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includes any withdrawn amendments at the end.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].

 

 


 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

84

 

Clause  2,  page  2,  line  27,  at end insert—

 

“(3A)    

It shall be a condition for receipt of financial assistance under section 1 that the

 

person in receipt can demonstrate that—

 

(a)    

their existing and proposed land or livestock management practices, or

 

(b)    

their proposed land or livestock management practices;

 

    

meet any regulatory standards specified by the Secretary of State and which are

 

in force at the time that the management practices are carried on.

 

(3B)    

The regulatory standards specified by the Secretary of State under subsection

 

(3A) may (among other things) include standards relating to—

 

(a)    

health or welfare of humans, livestock or wild creatures,

 

(b)    

soil health,

 

(c)    

air quality,

 

(d)    

quality of water in any inland waterway.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would require the recipients of financial assistance for the purposes in clause 1

 

of the Bill to demonstrate that their existing and proposed land or livestock management practices

 

meet minimum regulatory standards.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 1 November 2018                  

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

98

 

Clause  2,  page  2,  line  31,  after “delegate” insert “administrative”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure that the actual design and purpose of schemes is not delegated to

 

non-governmental bodies or organisations.

 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

85

 

Clause  2,  page  2,  line  35,  at end insert—

 

“(6A)    

The Secretary of State must set targets for the reduction of waste food and food

 

products and must by regulations require recipients of financial assistance under

 

section 1 to take steps to avoid and reduce waste of food and food products.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would require the Secretary of State to set targets for reducing food waste and to

 

make regulations requiring recipients of financial assistance to avoid and reduce food waste.

 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

99

 

Clause  2,  page  2,  line  38,  after “given” insert “, provided that the information is

 

collected and processed in accordance with the relevant data protection legislation.

 

“(7A)    

For the purposes of this subsection “relevant data protection legislation” means

 

Regulation (EU) of the European Parliament and of the Council (General Data

 

Protection Regulation) and the Data Protection Act 2018.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would make it explicit that any regulations must comply with data protection

 

principles.

 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

100

 

Clause  2,  page  2,  line  42,  at end insert—

 

“(8A)    

Information specified under subsection (8) must be proportionate and limited to

 

protect the interests of the individuals and businesses concerned.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure that no more information is published about recipients of financial

 

assistance than is absolutely necessary in the circumstances.

 



 
 

Public Bill Committee: 1 November 2018                  

3

 

Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

45

 

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.

 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

101

 

Clause  3,  page  3,  line  25,  leave out subsection (h)

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

It is disproportionate to create criminal offences for failing to meet the rules of a financial

 

assistance scheme. There are no specific offences for breach of the current CAP scheme rules.

 

Breaches could be sanctioned through the application of penalties without the need for new

 

criminal offences.

 


 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

102

 

Clause  5,  page  4,  line  41,  at end insert—

 

“(5)    

The power under subsection (2) includes the power to vary and increase direct

 

payments during the agricultural transition period.”

 


 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

105

 

Clause  6,  page  5,  line  6,  leave out subsection (2)

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

76

 

Clause  6,  page  5,  line  9,  leave out “negative” and insert “affirmative”


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 1 November 2018                  

4

 

Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

George Eustice

 

2

 

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.

 


 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

103

 

Clause  7,  page  5,  line  12,  leave out “either or both of”

 

George Eustice

 

91

 

Clause  7,  page  5,  line  16,  leave out paragraph (b) and insert—

 

“(b)    

making delinked payments in relation to England with respect to the

 

whole or part of that period (in place of direct payments under the basic

 

payment scheme in relation to England).”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

Clause 7(1)(b) enables regulations to introduce delinked payments in place of direct payments

 

under the basic payment scheme for the whole or part of the agricultural transition period for

 

England. This drafting amendment ensures that clause 7(1)(b) works as intended even if those

 

direct payments have terminated otherwise than by virtue of the regulations introducing delinked

 

payments. In that case the regulations would not need to make provision for the termination of

 

those direct payments, as suggested by the current text. They would however be able to revoke the

 

spent legislation about the basic payment scheme.

 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

104

 

Clause  7,  page  5,  line  18,  at end insert—

 

“(c)    

increasing or varying direct payments in relation to England over the

 

whole or part of the agricultural transition period for England.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure that the Secretary of State is empowered to increase payments

 

during the transition period if that is necessary in the circumstances, for example to utilise any

 

unspent monies or to protect the industry from harm.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 1 November 2018                  

5

 

Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

107

 

Clause  7,  page  5,  line  36,  at end insert—

 

“(e)    

make provision setting out rules for determining the status in relation to

 

those persons who have received delinked payments where the

 

agricultural transition period has been extended in accordance with

 

section 5(2).”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would clarify the status of claimants (in terms of whether they would be entitled

 

to return to receiving direct payment) if the direct payments scheme is extended and therefore

 

creating the possibility (under such regulation) to enable those who have opted to take de/inked

 

payments to return, or otherwise.

 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

106

 

Clause  7,  page  6,  line  13,  leave out subsection (8)

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This is unnecessary as it can be done as part of the phasing out under Clause 7, the greening rules

 

can be simplified but the payment itself can continue. If this clause remains then there is nothing

 

to prevent the ceasing of greening payments altogether, even though the explanatory notes suggest

 

that the intention is to remove greening requirements but pay the greening monies as part of the

 

direct payment.

 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

108

 

Clause  7,  page  6,  line  16,  at end insert—

 

“(8A)    

Regulations under this section must set out explicit timescales for the payment of

 

the direct payments or delinked payments that are due to entitled persons.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure that those entitled to payments received those payments within

 

guaranteed timescales to help ensure certainty of cash flow.

 


 

Jenny Chapman

 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

77

 

Clause  9,  page  7,  line  10,  leave out “negative” and insert “affirmative”


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 1 November 2018                  

6

 

Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

George Eustice

 

3

 

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

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

78

 

Clause  9,  page  7,  line  10,  at end insert—

 

“(6)    

Before making regulations modifying legislation under this section, the Secretary

 

of State must consult persons who, in his or her opinion, are representative of the

 

sector to which the regulations will apply, or who may otherwise be affected.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure there are checks and balances on the use of Ministerial powers.

 


 

George Eustice

 

4

 

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

 


 

Jenny Chapman

 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

79

 

Clause  11,  page  7,  line  35,  leave out “simplifying or improving” and insert

 

“making a change or changes which the Secretary of State believes to be necessary to”

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

80

 

Clause  11,  page  8,  line  19,  leave out “negative” and insert “affirmative”

 

George Eustice

 

5

 

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


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 1 November 2018                  

7

 

Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

Jenny Chapman

 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

81

 

Clause  11,  page  8,  line  19,  at end insert—

 

“(5)    

Before making regulations modifying legislation under this section, the Secretary

 

of State must consult persons who, in his or her opinion, are representative of the

 

sector to which the regulations will apply, or who may otherwise be affected.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure that there are checks and balances on the use of Ministerial powers

 

in relation to rural development that would be granted under Clause 11.

 


 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

46

 

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.

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

97

 

Clause  17,  page  12,   leave out lines 39 to 44 and insert—

 

“(2)    

In this Part “exceptional market conditions” exist—

 

(a)    

where—

 

(i)    

there is a severe disturbance in agricultural markets or a serious

 

threat of a severe disturbance in agricultural markets, and

 

(ii)    

the disturbance or threatened disturbance has, or is likely to have,

 

a significant adverse effect on agricultural producers in England

 

in terms of the prices achievable for one or more agricultural

 

products, or

 

(b)    

if, on the day after exit day, the United Kingdom has not entered, or

 

secured an agreement to enter, into a customs union with the EU.”


 
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