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House of Commons

 
 

Tuesday 30 October 2018

 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings

 

Agriculture Bill


 

[Fifth and Sixth Sittings]


 

Glossary

 

This document shows the fate of each clause, schedule, amendment and new clause.

 

The following terms are used:

 

Agreed to: agreed without a vote.

 

Agreed to on division: agreed following a vote.

 

Negatived: rejected without a vote.

 

Negatived on division: rejected following a vote.

 

Not called: debated in a group of amendments, but not put to a decision.

 

Not moved: not debated or put to a decision.

 

Question proposed: debate underway but not concluded.

 

Withdrawn after debate: moved and debated but then withdrawn, so not put to a decision.

 

Not selected: not chosen for debate by the Chair.

 

 


 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

Kerry McCarthy

Caroline Lucas

 

Negatived on division  44

 

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

 

Kerry McCarthy

 

Martin Whitfield

 

Withdrawn  72

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  6,  at end insert “and enhances soil health”


 
 

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

Dame Cheryl Gillan

 

Not selected  1

 

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

 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

Negatived on division  49

 

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

 

systems where they underpin delivery”

 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

Negatived on division  50

 

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”

 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

Withdrawn  51

 

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.”

 

Kerry McCarthy

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Martin Whitfield

 

Not called  70

 

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

 

“(h)    

supporting the delivery of improved public health outcomes.

 

(1A)    

Support under subsection (1)(h) may include, but is not limited to, measures to:

 

(a)    

increase the availability, affordability, diversity, quality and marketing of

 

fruit and vegetables and pulses,

 

(b)    

reduce farm antibiotic and related veterinary product use, and

 

antimicrobial resistance in harmful micro-organisms, through improved

 

animal health and improved animal welfare,

 

(c)    

provide support for farmers to diversify out of domestic production of

 

foods where there may be reduced demand due to health concerns,

 

(d)    

reduce harm from use of chemicals on farms, and

 

(e)    

reduce pesticide residues in food.”


 
 

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

Jenny Chapman

 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

Withdrawn  74

 

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

 

“(1A)    

No financial assistance may be given by the Secretary of State in relation to the

 

purpose under subsection (1)(f) unless the practice for which financial assistance

 

is to be given pays full regard to the welfare requirements of animals as sentient

 

beings.”

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

Not called  75

 

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

 

“(1A)    

No financial assistance may be given by the Secretary of State in relation to the

 

purpose under subsection (1)(e) unless the practice for which financial assistance

 

is to be given complies with—

 

(a)    

any part of retained EU law (within the meaning of section 6 of the

 

European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018) relating to the protection of the

 

environment which has not ceased to have effect as a result of any

 

agreement between the UK and the European Union setting the terms of

 

the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union, and

 

(b)    

any standards which were enforceable by an EU entity or a public

 

authority anywhere in the UK before exit day, including principles

 

contained in Article 191 of TFEU, and which will be enforceable by an

 

entity or public authority in England after exit day.

 

(c)    

the principles contained in Article 191 of TFEU, for the purposes of this

 

subsection, are—

 

(i)    

the precautionary principle as it relates to the environment,

 

(ii)    

the principle that preventive action should be taken to avert

 

environmental damage,

 

(iii)    

the principle that environmental damage should as a priority be

 

rectified at source, and

 

(iv)    

the principle that the polluter should pay.”

 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

Withdrawn  52

 

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


 
 

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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.”

 

Mr Philip Dunne

 

Colin Clark

 

Chris Davies

 

Not called  88

 

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)    

supporting businesses or communities in rural areas;

 

(b)    

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

 

forestry activity;

 

(c)    

supporting persons who are involved in the production, processing,

 

marketing or distribution of products deriving from an agricultural,

 

horticultural or forestry activity;

 

(d)    

supporting the production of such part of the nation’s food and other

 

agricultural produce as it is desirable to produce in the United Kingdom.”

 

Kerry McCarthy

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Zac Goldsmith

 

Negatived on division  41

 

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.

 

Kerry McCarthy

 

Martin Whitfield

 

Withdrawn  73

 

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  6,  at end insert “, provided that such financial assistance also

 

furthers and does not undermine the purposes in subsection (1) above.”

 

Mr Philip Dunne

 

Colin Clark

 

Chris Davies

 

Not called  89

 

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

 

“(2A)    

Financial assistance under subsections (1) and (2) may only be given to—

 

(a)    

persons who are involved in the production of products deriving from an

 

agricultural or horticultural or forestry activity, (including recognised

 

producers organisations, associations of recognised producer

 

organisations and recognised interbranch organisations as established in

 

part 6 or as recognised under the CMO Regulation at the date of

 

enactment of this Act); or

 

(b)    

those with an interest in agricultural land, where the financial assistance

 

relates directly to that land.”


 
 

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

Not called  53

 

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—

 

(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.”

 

Kerry McCarthy

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Martin Whitfield

 

Not called  71

 

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

 

“(5)    

Financial assistance under subsection (1) for protecting or improving the welfare

 

of livestock shall only be given to farmers who have—

 

(a)    

demonstrated that their livestock welfare practice meets or exceeds the

 

higher animal welfare standard specified by the Secretary of State for the

 

welfare of livestock, or

 

(b)    

given, to the satisfaction of the Secretary of State, an undertaking to

 

achieve the higher animal welfare standard specified by the Secretary of

 

State for the welfare of livestock.


 
 

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

(6)    

Any standard specified by the Secretary of State for the purposes of subsection

 

(5) must set standards that are higher than those required by legislation governing

 

the welfare of livestock.”

 

Clause Agreed to on division.

 


 

[Adjourned until Thursday at 11.30 am


 

 

Revised 30 October 2018