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House of Commons

 
 

Thursday 15 November 2018

 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings

 

Agriculture Bill


 

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Withdrawn after debate: moved and debated but then withdrawn, so not put to a decision.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

 

 


 

Deidre Brock

 

Negatived on division  67

 

Clause  26,  page  20,  line  36,   at end insert—

 

“( )    

Regulations under this section containing provision that extends to Scotland may

 

be made only with the consent of the Scottish Ministers.”


 
 

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

Negatived on division  119

 

Clause  26,  page  20,  line  36,  at end insert—

 

“(1A)    

Regulations under this section containing provisions extending to Scotland,

 

Wales or Northern Ireland that would ordinarily be within the competence of

 

Scottish or Welsh Ministers or the Department of Agriculture, Environment and

 

Rural Affairs in Northern Ireland and exercised by Scottish or Welsh Ministers or

 

the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in Northern

 

Ireland may be made only with the consent of Scottish or Welsh Ministers or the

 

Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in Northern Ireland,

 

as appropriate.

 

(1B)    

This paragraph does not apply to regulations made by the Secretary of State

 

under—

 

(a)    

section 35 or 58 of the Scotland Act 1998 (as amended),

 

(b)    

section 82 or 114 of the Government of Wales Act 2006 (as amended), or

 

(c)    

section 25 or 26 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 (as amended).”

 

Deidre Brock

 

Not called  68

 

Clause  26,  page  20,  line  44,   leave out from “support” to end of line 2 on page 21

 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

Withdrawn after debate  120

 

Clause  26,  page  21,  line  15,  leave out paragraph (b)

 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

Not called  121

 

Clause  26,  page  21,  line  25,  after subsection (5) insert—

 

“(5A)    

In setting limits for domestic support, the Secretary of State must not set limits

 

for different classes of domestic support in relation to Scotland, Wales or

 

Northern Ireland.”

 

Deidre Brock

 

Negatived on division  69

 

Clause  26,  page  21,  line  26,   leave out subsection (6)

 

Tonia Antoniazzi

 

Martin Whitfield

 

Ben Lake

 

Not called  96

 

Clause  26,  page  22,  line  2,   at end insert—


 
 

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“(8A)    

For the avoidance of doubt, nothing in this clause shall affect the devolution of

 

any power under—

 

(a)    

the Wales Act 1998, the Wales Act 2014 or the Wales Act 2017,

 

(b)    

the Scotland Act 1998 or the Scotland Act 2016, or

 

(c)    

the Northern Ireland Act 1998.”

 

Clause Agreed to.

 

Clause 27 Agreed to.

 


 

Mr Philip Dunne

 

Colin Clark

 

Chris Davies

 

Not called  90

 

Schedule  3,  page  30,  line  17,  at end insert—

 

“(2A)    

Financial assistance under subparagraphs (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.”

 

George Eustice

 

Agreed to  19

 

Schedule  3,  page  33,  line  21,  at end insert “(unless section 29(4A) applies)”

 

George Eustice

 

Agreed to  20

 

Schedule  3,  page  33,  line  21 ,  at end insert—

 

“6A(1)  

The Welsh Ministers may by regulations make provision for and in connection

 

with reducing the national and net direct payments ceilings for Wales that

 

would otherwise apply in 2020 by up to 15%.

 

      (2)  

For this purpose—

 

the “national direct payments ceiling for Wales” is the sum representing

 

the share allocated to Wales of the amount specified for the United

 

Kingdom in Annex II of the Direct Payments Regulation (table of

 

national ceilings);

 

the “net direct payments ceiling for Wales” is the sum representing the

 

share allocated to Wales of the amount specified for the United

 

Kingdom in Annex III of the Direct Payments Regulation (table of net

 

ceilings).

 

      (3)  

Regulations under this paragraph cannot be made after the end of 2020.

 

      (4)  

Regulations under this paragraph are subject to affirmative resolution

 

procedure.”


 
 

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

George Eustice

 

Agreed to  21

 

Schedule  3,  page  33,  line  21 ,  at end insert—

 

“6B(1)  

The Welsh Ministers may by regulations modify legislation governing the

 

basic payment scheme to make provision for and in connection with securing

 

that the basic payment scheme continues to operate in relation to Wales for one

 

or more years beyond 2020 (subject to any provision made under paragraph 7).

 

      (2)  

The power conferred by sub-paragraph (1) includes power to provide for the

 

direct payments ceiling for Wales for any relevant year to be determined, in a

 

specified manner, by the Welsh Ministers.

 

      (3)  

Provision made by virtue of sub-paragraph (2)—

 

(a)    

must require a determination in respect of a relevant year to be

 

published as soon as practicable after it has been made, and

 

(b)    

may confer functions on any person in connection with, or with the

 

making of, a determination in respect of a relevant year.

 

      (4)  

In this paragraph—

 

“the direct payments ceiling for Wales” is the national ceiling of the kind

 

referred to in Article 6 of the Direct Payments Regulation that is

 

applicable in relation to Wales for any relevant year;

 

“relevant year” means a year within the agricultural transition period for

 

Wales in respect of which direct payments under the basic payment

 

scheme fall to be made in relation to Wales;

 

“specified” means specified in regulations under this paragraph.

 

      (5)  

Regulations under this paragraph are subject to affirmative resolution

 

procedure.”

 

George Eustice

 

Agreed to  92

 

Schedule  3,  page  33,  line  28,  leave out paragraph (b) and insert—

 

“(b)    

making delinked payments in relation to Wales with respect to the whole

 

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

 

scheme in relation to Wales).”

 

George Eustice

 

Agreed to  110

 

Schedule  3,  page  34,  line  29,  leave out first “above” and insert “(whether before or

 

after the start of the agricultural transition period for Wales)”

 

George Eustice

 

Agreed to  22

 

Schedule  3,  page  35,  line  22,  at end insert “(unless section 29(4A) applies)”

 

George Eustice

 

Agreed to  23

 

Schedule  3,  page  36,  line  14,  at end insert “(unless section 29(4A) applies)”

 

George Eustice

 

Agreed to  24

 

Schedule  3,  page  40,  line  32,  leave out “may”


 
 

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

George Eustice

 

Agreed to  25

 

Schedule  3,  page  41,  line  5,  leave out “decisions” and insert “conditions”

 

George Eustice

 

Agreed to  26

 

Schedule  3,  page  42,  line  31,  at end insert “(unless section 29(4A) applies)”

 

George Eustice

 

Agreed to  27

 

Schedule  3,  page  44,  line  33,  at end insert “(unless section 29(4A) applies)”

 

Schedule, as amended, Agreed to.

 

Clause 28 Agreed to.

 


 

George Eustice

 

Agreed to  28

 

Schedule  4,  page  44,  line  39 ,  leave out “paragraph 2” and insert “paragraphs 2 to

 

2C”

 

George Eustice

 

Agreed to  29

 

Schedule  4,  page  45,  line  5 ,  leave out paragraph (a) and insert—

 

“(a)    

a basic payment for farmers (see Chapter 1 of Title III),”

 

George Eustice

 

Agreed to  30

 

Schedule  4,  page  45,  line  8 ,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

if a decision to make such payments is taken, a redistributive payment

 

(see Chapter 2 of Title III), and

 

( )    

if provision under paragraph 2(1)(b) is made, a payment for areas with

 

natural constraints.”

 

George Eustice

 

Agreed to  31

 

Schedule  4,  page  45,  line  8 ,  at end insert—

 

    “( )  

The “coupled support scheme” is the voluntary coupled support scheme under

 

the Direct Payments Regulation as the Regulation applies in relation to

 

Northern Ireland (see Chapter 1 of Title IV of the Regulation).”

 

George Eustice

 

Agreed to  32

 

Schedule  4,  page  45,  line  18 ,  at end insert—

 

    “( )  

The “legislation governing the coupled support scheme” is—

 

(a)    

the following retained direct EU legislation—

 

(i)    

the Direct Payments Regulation so far as relating to the

 

coupled support scheme,


 
 

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(ii)    

any Council Delegated Regulation, or Commission Delegated

 

Regulation, made under the Direct Payments Regulation and

 

so far as relating to the coupled support scheme,

 

(iii)    

any other retained direct EU legislation which relates to the

 

coupled support scheme, and

 

(b)    

any subordinate legislation relating to retained direct EU legislation

 

falling within paragraph (a).”

 

George Eustice

 

Agreed to  33

 

Schedule  4,  page  45,  line  19,  leave out sub-paragraph (4)

 

George Eustice

 

Agreed to  34

 

Schedule  4,  page  45,  line  32,  leave out “II” and insert “III”

 

George Eustice

 

Agreed to  35

 

Schedule  4,  page  45,  line  40,  at end insert “;

 

(b)    

ensuring all payment entitlements, or all payment entitlements within

 

a region, have, or over a period of time reach or move towards, a

 

uniform unit value.

 

         

In paragraph (b) the reference to “payment entitlements” has the same meaning

 

as in the legislation governing the basic payment scheme.”

 

George Eustice

 

Agreed to  36

 

Schedule  4,  page  45,  line  42 ,  at end insert—

 

“2A(1)  

DAERA may by regulations make provision for and in connection with

 

reducing the national and net direct payments ceilings for Northern Ireland that

 

would otherwise apply in 2020 by up to 15%.

 

      (2)  

For this purpose—

 

the “national direct payments ceiling for Northern Ireland” is the sum

 

representing the share allocated to Northern Ireland of the amount

 

specified for the United Kingdom in Annex II of the Direct Payments

 

Regulation (table of national ceilings);

 

the “net direct payments ceiling for Northern Ireland” is the sum

 

representing the share allocated to Northern Ireland of the amount

 

specified for the United Kingdom in Annex III of the Direct Payments

 

Regulation (table of net ceilings).

 

      (3)  

Regulations under this paragraph cannot be made after the end of 2020.

 

      (4)  

Regulations under this paragraph are subject to affirmative resolution

 

procedure.”

 

George Eustice

 

Agreed to  37

 

Schedule  4,  page  45,  line  42 ,  at end insert—

 

“2B(1)  

DAERA may by regulations modify legislation governing the basic payment

 

scheme to make provision for and in connection with securing that the basic

 

payment scheme continues to operate in relation to Northern Ireland for one or

 

more years beyond 2020.


 
 

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

      (2)  

The power conferred by sub-paragraph (1) includes power to provide for the

 

direct payments ceiling for Northern Ireland for any relevant year to be

 

determined, in a specified manner, by DAERA.

 

      (3)  

Provision made by virtue of sub-paragraph (2)—

 

(a)    

must require a determination in respect of a relevant year to be

 

published as soon as practicable after it has been made, and

 

(b)    

may confer functions on any person in connection with, or with the

 

making of, a determination in respect of a relevant year.

 

      (4)  

In this paragraph—

 

“the direct payments ceiling for Northern Ireland” is the national ceiling

 

of the kind referred to in Article 6 of the Direct Payments Regulation

 

that is applicable in relation to Northern Ireland for any relevant year;

 

“relevant year” means a year in respect of which direct payments under

 

the basic payment scheme fall, as a result of provision under sub-

 

paragraph (1), to be made in relation to Northern Ireland;

 

“specified” means specified in regulations under this paragraph.

 

      (5)  

Regulations under this paragraph are subject to affirmative resolution

 

procedure.”

 

George Eustice

 

Agreed to  38

 

Schedule  4,  page  45,  line  42 ,  at end insert—

 

“2C(1)  

DAERA may by regulations modify legislation governing the coupled support

 

scheme for or in connection with—

 

(a)    

making provision for the continuation, in relation to Northern Ireland,

 

of the option to make payments under the scheme after any time at

 

which, without the provision, the option would terminate;

 

(b)    

making changes DAERA considers will simplify or improve the

 

scheme so far as it operates, or could be operated, in relation to

 

Northern Ireland.

 

      (2)  

Regulations under this paragraph are subject to affirmative resolution

 

procedure.”

 

George Eustice

 

Agreed to  39

 

Schedule  4,  page  46,  line  16,  at end insert “(unless section 29(4A) applies)”

 

George Eustice

 

Agreed to  40

 

Schedule  4,  page  54,  line  15,  at end insert “(unless section 29(4A) applies)”

 

Schedule, as amended, Agreed to.

 


 

George Eustice

 

Agreed to  14

 

Clause  29,  page  23,  line  3,  at end insert—

 

“(4A)    

Regulations which—

 

(a)    

contain provision made by virtue of subsection (3)(c) modifying primary

 

legislation, and


 
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