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House of Commons

 
 

Tuesday 20 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includes any withdrawn amendments at the end.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

 

NC10

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Annual assessment of funding for purposes

 

(1)    

The Secretary of State must report on funding for each purpose listed in section 1.

 

(2)    

A report under subsection (1) must be made for each financial year and must be

 

laid before both Houses of Parliament no later than 31 October in the financial

 

year following the financial year to which the report relates.

 

(3)    

The first report shall be made by 31 October 2019 and shall relate to funding in

 

the 2018-19 financial year.

 

(4)    

A report under this section must record, on the basis of best data available—

 

(a)    

the total sum of funding allocated to each purpose in section 1,

 

(b)    

the source of any element of funding under subparagraph (a) which

 

comes from public funds, and

 

(c)    

the sums from each source under subparagraph (b).

 

(5)    

The Secretary of State must include in each report under this section—


 
 

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(a)    

a statement of their opinion on whether any sum recorded under

 

subsection (4) is sufficient to meet their policy objectives in relation to

 

each purpose; and

 

(b)    

a statement of the Secretary of State’s intentions if, in their opinion, a

 

sum recorded under subsection (4) was not sufficient to meet their policy

 

objectives in relation to a purpose.

 

(6)    

For the purposes of this section, “funding” includes any payment, grant, loan or

 

guarantee.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This new clause would require the Secretary of State to report annually on the funding allocated

 

to each of the purposes of the Bill, on its sufficiency to meet policy objectives and on the Secretary

 

of State’s intentions if in their opinion funding for any purpose was not sufficient.

 


 

Ben Lake

 

Liz Saville Roberts

 

Jonathan Edwards

 

Hywel Williams

 

NC11

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“UK-wide framework for agriculture

 

(1)    

A UK-wide framework for agriculture, agricultural support and land management

 

shall, subject to subsection (2), be established jointly by—

 

(a)    

Ministers of the Crown;

 

(b)    

Scottish Ministers;

 

(c)    

Welsh Ministers; and

 

(d)    

Northern Ireland Ministers or, if there are no Northern Ireland Ministers,

 

the Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in

 

Northern Ireland.

 

(2)    

A framework under subsection (1) shall be established if it is deemed necessary,

 

with regard to agriculture, agricultural support and land management, to—

 

(a)    

enable the functioning of the UK internal market, while allowing for

 

policy divergence;

 

(b)    

ensure compliance with international obligations;

 

(c)    

enable the management of common resources;

 

(d)    

administer and provide access to arbitration for disputes in cases with a

 

cross-border element; or

 

(e)    

facilitate the allocation of funding to the devolved administrations to

 

provide financial support.

 

(3)    

A framework under subsection (1) must respect the devolution settlements and

 

the democratic accountability of the devolved legislatures and shall—

 

(a)    

be based on established conventions and practices, including that the

 

principle that the competence of the devolved institutions will not be

 

adjusted without their consent;

 

(b)    

maintain, as a minimum, equivalent flexibility for tailoring policies to the

 

specific needs of each territory as is afforded by current EU rules; and

 

(c)    

lead to a significant increase in joint decision-making powers for the

 

devolved administrations.


 
 

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(4)    

Decisions made under a framework established under subsection (1) shall require

 

unanimous agreement between each of the authorities in subsection (1).”

 


 

Deidre Brock

 

NC12

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“International trade agreements: agricultural and food products

 

(1)    

A Minister of the Crown may not lay a copy of an international trade agreement

 

before Parliament under section 20(1) of the Constitutional Reform and

 

Governance Act 2010 unless the agreement—

 

(a)    

includes an affirmation of the United Kingdom’s rights and obligations

 

under the SPS Agreement, and

 

(b)    

prohibits the importation into the United Kingdom of agricultural and

 

food products in relation to which the relevant standards are lower than

 

the relevant standards in the United Kingdom.

 

(2)    

In subsection (1)—

 

“international trade agreement” means—

 

(a)    

an agreement that is or was notifiable under—

 

(i)    

paragraph 7(a) of Article XXIV of General Agreement on Tariffs

 

and Trade, part of Annex 1A to the WTO Agreement (as

 

modified from time to time), or

 

(ii)    

paragraph 7(a) of Article V of General Agreement on Trade in

 

Services, part of Annex 1B to the WTO Agreement (as modified

 

from time to time), or

 

(b)    

an international agreement that mainly relates to trade, other than an

 

agreement mentioned in sub-paragraph (i) or (ii);

 

“Minister of the Crown” has the same meaning as in the Ministers of the

 

Crown Act 1975;

 

“relevant standards” means standards relating to environmental protection,

 

plant health and animal welfare applying in connection with the

 

production of agricultural and food products;

 

“SPS Agreement” means the agreement on the Application of Sanitary and

 

Phytosanitary Measures, part of Annex 1A to the WTO Agreement (as

 

modified from time to time);

 

“WTO Agreement” means the agreement establishing the World Trade

 

Organisation signed at Marrakesh on 15 April 1994.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This new clause would ensure that HMG has a duty to protect the quality of the domestic food

 

supply by ensuring that imported foodstuffs are held to the same standards as domestic foodstuffs

 

are held to.

 



 
 

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Deidre Brock

 

NC13

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Agricultural payments to the Scottish Ministers

 

    

After exit day, the Secretary of State must make available to the Scottish

 

Ministers each year sums which are at least equivalent to the sums made available

 

to the Scottish Ministers in the year prior to exit day for the purpose of

 

expenditure under—

 

(a)    

the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund, and

 

(b)    

the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development

 

    

as established under Article 3 of Regulation (EU) No 1306/2013 of the European

 

Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 on the financing,

 

management and monitoring of the common agricultural policy.”

 


 

Kerry McCarthy

 

NC14

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Ratification of international trade agreements

 

(1)    

An international trade agreement shall not be ratified unless it enables the United

 

Kingdom to require imports to—

 

(a)    

comply with the standards laid down by primary and subordinate

 

legislation in the United Kingdom regarding food safety, the

 

environment and animal welfare, or

 

(b)    

have been produced to standards that are no lower than the legislative

 

standards of the United Kingdom in protecting food safety, the

 

environment and animal welfare.

 

(2)    

In this section “international trade agreement” has the same meaning as in section

 

2(2) of the Trade Act 2018.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This new clause would prevent the Government from entering into trade agreements that allow

 

food imports that do not meet the UK’s environmental, animal welfare and food safety standards.

 


 

Kerry McCarthy

 

NC15

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Mandatory labelling of animal products as to farming method

 

(1)    

The Secretary of State shall make regulations requiring meat, meat products,

 

milk, dairy products and egg products (including those produced intensively

 

indoors) to be labelled as to the method of farming.

 

(2)    

The labelling required under subsection (1) shall be placed on the front outer

 

surface of the packaging and shall be in easily visible and clearly legible type.

 

(3)    

Regulations under subsection (1) shall (among other things) specify—


 
 

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(a)    

the labelling term to be used for each product, and

 

(b)    

the conditions that must be met for the use of each labelling term.

 

(4)    

Regulations under subsection (1) may exclude from the labelling requirement

 

products containing meat, eggs, milk or dairy products where the total proportion

 

by weight of one or more of these items in the product is less than fifteen per cent.

 

(5)    

Regulations under this section are subject to affirmative resolution procedure.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This new clause would strengthen Clause 20 to require the Secretary of State to make labelling

 

regulations that require meat, milk and dairy products, and egg products, including those which

 

have been produced intensively, to be labelled as to farming method. Eggs are not included as

 

legislation already requires eggs to be labelled as to farming method.

 


 

Kerry McCarthy

 

NC16

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Environmental targets and objectives

 

(1)    

The Secretary of State must, in exercising functions under this Act, take all

 

reasonable steps to—

 

(a)    

further the purposes within section 1(1)(a) to (g), and

 

(b)    

following a public consultation, bring forward proposals for

 

environmental targets and objectives for the achievement of the purposes

 

in section 1(1)(a) to (g) to secure the maintenance, recovery and

 

restoration of the environment, so that the environment is healthy,

 

resilient and sustainable for the benefit of people and wildlife.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This new clause includes a requirement on ministers to introduce specific targets to ensure the bill

 

meets its objectives.

 


 

Kerry McCarthy

 

NC17

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Primacy of public purposes

 

    

The Secretary of State must ensure the payment of public money delivers

 

primarily the purposes in section 1(1) so that the natural environment is

 

conserved, enhanced and managed for the benefit of present and future

 

generations.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This new clause is intended to ensure that the list of public purposes set out in Clause 1 are the

 

primary objective for payments under the Bill.

 



 
 

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Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

NC18

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Consultation on administration

 

(1)    

The Secretary of State must, within one calendar month of this Act being given

 

Royal Assent, open a consultation on what body should administer—

 

(a)    

any payment of financial assistance under section 1,

 

(b)    

any payment under the basic payment scheme, within the meaning of

 

section 4,

 

(c)    

any delinked payment within the meaning of section 7,

 

(d)    

any other form of financial assistance which may be given under this Act,

 

and

 

(e)    

any environmental land management scheme established in connection

 

with the provisions of this Act.

 

(2)    

The consultation shall seek views on whether an existing body should administer

 

the functions under subsection (1) or whether a new body should be created for

 

that purpose.

 

(3)    

The Secretary of State must, in any consultation under subsection (1), consult

 

with persons or bodies representing persons who he or she considers are affected

 

by the functions of the proposed administrative body, or who—

 

(a)    

are engaged in production of any product falling within an agricultural

 

sector under Part 2 of Schedule 1, or

 

(b)    

manage land for a purpose other than production of any product falling

 

within an agricultural sector under Part 2 of Schedule 1.

 

(4)    

The Secretary of State must lay before both Houses of Parliament—

 

(a)    

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

 

subsection (1), and

 

(b)    

a statement of how the Secretary of State intends to proceed, with his or

 

her reasons for doing so.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This new clause would require the Secretary of State to hold a consultation on whether an existing

 

agency (such as the Rural Payments Agency) or a new body should administer payments and other

 

functions delivered under the Bill’s provisions.

 



 
 

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Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

NC19

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Financial assistance: duty to provide advice

 

(1)    

The Secretary of State must make regulations to secure the provision of training,

 

guidance and advice to persons receiving financial assistance under this Act, for

 

the purpose of enabling those persons to deliver the purpose or purposes for

 

which the financial assistance is given.

 

(2)    

Regulations under subsection (1) may include provision for advice on matters

 

which include but are not limited to—

 

(a)    

the impact of any practice upon the environment,

 

(b)    

business management, including the development of business plans,

 

(c)    

the health and welfare of livestock,

 

(d)    

the safety and health of workers in any agricultural sector,

 

(e)    

innovation, including alternative methods of pest, disease and weed

 

control,

 

(f)    

food safety, insofar as it relates to the production of food or any activity

 

in, or in close connection with, an agri-food supply chain,

 

(g)    

the operation of any mechanism for applying for, or receiving, financial

 

assistance under this Act,

 

(h)    

marketing of any product falling within an agricultural sector under Part

 

2 of Schedule 1.

 

(3)    

Regulations under this section are subject to affirmative resolution procedure.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This new clause would require the Secretary of State to make provision for training, guidance and

 

advice to be made available to persons receiving financial assistance.

 


 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

NC20

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Public procurement of food

 

(1)    

A contracting authority which expects to have significant expenditure in the

 

provision of food in the next financial year must, before the start of that year,

 

prepare a statement of the authority‘s general policy on how it will promote the

 

highest standards of animal welfare in its approach to regulated procurements

 

involving the provision of food.

 

(2)    

The Secretary of State shall make regulations to define “contracting authority” for

 

the pur-poses of this section.


 
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