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House of Commons

 
 

Tuesday 20 November 2018

 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings

 

Agriculture Bill


 

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Withdrawn after debate: moved and debated but then withdrawn, so not put to a decision.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

 

Negatived on division  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.


 
 

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(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—

 

(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.”

 


 

Ben Lake

 

Liz Saville Roberts

 

Jonathan Edwards

 

Hywel Williams

 

Withdrawn after debate  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


 
 

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(c)    

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

 

devolved administrations.

 

(4)    

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

 

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

 


 

Deidre Brock

 

Negatived on division  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.”

 



 
 

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Deidre Brock

 

Not selected  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

 

Not called  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.”

 


 

Kerry McCarthy

 

Negatived on division  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—

 

(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.


 
 

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(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.”

 


 

Kerry McCarthy

 

Negatived on division  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.”

 


 

Kerry McCarthy

 

Not called  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.”

 


 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

Withdrawn after debate  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,


 
 

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(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.”

 


 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

Not called  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,


 
 

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(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.”

 


 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

Not selected  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.

 

(3)    

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

 


 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

Withdrawn after debate  NC21

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Agricultural co-operatives

 

(1)    

The Secretary of State must promote agricultural co-operatives by—

 

(a)    

offering financial assistance for the creation or development of

 

agricultural co-operatives, and

 

(b)    

establishing bodies to provide practical support and guidance for the

 

development of new co-operatives.

 

(2)    

The Secretary of State shall examine any proposal for primary or secondary

 

legislation to assess—

 

(a)    

its impact upon agricultural co-operatives, and

 

(b)    

whether that impact is disproportionate in relation to its impact upon

 

other producer organisations or interbranch organisations.

 

(3)    

Financial assistance under subsection (1) may be given by way of grant, loan or

 

guarantee, or in any other form.

 

(4)    

An organisation shall be recognised as an agricultural co-operative if it meets the

 

conditions in subsections (5) and (6).

 

(5)    

Condition 1 is that the organisation—


 
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