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House of Commons

 
 

Tuesday 13 November 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: NC29 and NC30

 

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includes any withdrawn amendments at the end.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].

 

 


 

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”

 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

115

 

Clause  11,  page  8,  line  18,  at end insert—

 

“(3A)    

Regulations under this section must make provision for any schemes entered into

 

under the retained direct EU legislation relating to support for rural development

 

prior to the date of enactment of this Act to continue until those schemes come to

 

an end in accordance with their specific terms.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure that existing agri-environment and rural development schemes, and


 
 

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

those entered into prior to the Agriculture Act coming into force, remain in place and continue to

 

operate.

 

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

 

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.

 


 

Kerry McCarthy

 

113

 

Clause  14,  page  9,  line  45,  at end insert—

 

“(ia)    

achieve a reduction in food waste of no less than 50 per cent by

 

2030, from a 2015 baseline”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would require the provision of transparent data of food wasted in agri-food

 

supply chains to meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 12.3) of halving per capita

 

food waste from farm to fork by 2030, against 2015 baselines.

 

Kerry McCarthy

 

114

 

Clause  14,  page  10,  line  5,  at end insert “(including terms of employment and pay

 

for persons within the meaning of section 13(3)(b) or (c))”


 
 

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

116

 

Clause  14,  page  10,  line  7,  at end insert—

 

“(ca)    

promoting the welfare of creatures of a kind kept for the production of

 

food, drink, fibres or leathers”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure there is provision in clause 14 for the processing of data for the

 

promotion of animal welfare.

 


 

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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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

117

 

Clause  17,  page  12,  line  40,  leave out paragraph (a) and insert—

 

“(a)    

there is or has been a significant disturbance in agricultural markets or a

 

serious threat of a significant disturbance in agricultural markets, or”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment and Amendments 122 and 123 would allow a declaration of exceptional market

 

conditions where there is, or there is a serious threat of, a significant disturbance in agricultural

 

markets; and would allow a declaration to be made in respect of events in the past.

 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

122

 

Clause  17,  page  12,  line  44,  after “achievable for” insert “or costs incurred in the

 

production of”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See explanatory statement for Amendment 117.

 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

123

 

Clause  17,  page  13,  line  2,  after “are” insert “or have been”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See explanatory statement for Amendment 117.

 

George Eustice

 

6

 

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

 

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: 13 November 2018                  

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

47

 

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.

 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

118

 

Clause  20,  page  15,  line  30,  at end insert—

 

“(da)    

the indication on any labelling or packaging of a product of any allergen

 

that the product is known to, or might reasonably be expected to,

 

contain.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would explicitly provide for labelling regulations to cover the presence of

 

allergens in products.

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

82

 

Clause  20,  page  16,  line  2,  at end insert—

 

“(2A)    

Regulations under this section may not amend or repeal any part of retained EU

 

law (within the meaning of section 6 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act

 

2018) relating to—

 

(a)    

the protection of the environment, or

 

(b)    

consumer rights.”

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

83

 

Clause  20,  page  16,  line  17,  after “section” insert “may only be made following a

 

public consultation and”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

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

 

and that Ministers may not make regulations that deviate from retained EU law without

 

consultation with industry experts.

 



 
 

Public Bill Committee: 13 November 2018                  

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

George Eustice

 

8

 

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

 


 

Deidre Brock

 

56

 

Clause  22,  page  16,  line  30,  leave out “to the Secretary of State”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See explanatory statement for Amendment 59.

 

George Eustice

 

9

 

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

 

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.

 

Deidre Brock

 

57

 

Clause  22,  page  17,  line  5,  leave out “to the Secretary of State”

 

George Eustice

 

11

 

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).

 

Deidre Brock

 

58

 

Clause  22,  page  17,  line  13,  leave out “to the Secretary of State”


 
 

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

Deidre Brock

 

59

 

Clause  22,  page  17,  line  31,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

An application under subsection (1), (3) or (5) is to be made to and determined

 

by—

 

(a)    

the appropriate authority for the part of the United Kingdom in which the

 

applicant has its registered office or principal place of business, or

 

(b)    

where the applicant is made up of producers, producer organisations or,

 

as the case may be, businesses operating in more than one part of the

 

United Kingdom, the appropriate authority for any of those parts.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would require organisations of agricultural producers, associations of

 

recognised producer organisations, and organisations of agricultural businesses to apply for

 

recognition to the appropriate authority in the country of the UK where the applicant is principally

 

based.

 

Deidre Brock

 

60

 

Clause  22,  page  17,  line  38,  leave out “The Secretary of State” and insert “The

 

appropriate authority to which an application is made under this section”

 

Deidre Brock

 

61

 

Clause  22,  page  18,  line  5,  at end insert—

 

““appropriate authority” means—

 

(a)    

in relation to England, Wales or Northern Ireland, the Secretary

 

of State,

 

(b)    

in relation to Scotland, the Scottish Ministers;”

 


 

George Eustice

 

18

 

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

 


 

Deidre Brock

 

62

 

Clause  23,  page  18,  line  30,   leave out “the Secretary of State” and insert “an

 

appropriate authority (within the meaning given in section 22(11))”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would require the delegation of functions to require permission from the

 

appropriate authority (as set out in amendment 61).

 



 
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