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Notices of Amendments

 

given up to and including

 

Tuesday 23 October 2018

 

New Amendments handed in are marked thus Parliamentary Star

 

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Amendments tabled since the last publication: 2 to 40 and NC2 and NC3

 

Public Bill Committee


 

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includes any withdrawn amendments at the end.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].

 

 


 

Dame Cheryl Gillan

 

1

 

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

 


 

George Eustice

 

2

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  6,  page  5,  line  9,  at end insert “(unless section 29(4A) applies)”


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 23 October 2018                  

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment and Amendments 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 18, 19, 22, 23, 26, 27, 39 and 40 insert

 

pointers into provisions of the Bill which require regulations to be made using the negative

 

resolution procedure. The pointers are to the requirement (as inserted by Amendment 14) to use

 

the affirmative resolution procedure instead, if the regulations make (by virtue of Clause 29(3)(c))

 

supplementary, incidental, consequential, transitional or saving provision modifying primary

 

legislation.

 


 

George Eustice

 

3

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  9,  page  7,  line  10,  at end insert “(unless section 29(4A) applies)”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See the Explanatory Statement for Amendment 2

 


 

George Eustice

 

4

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  10,  page  7,  line  26,  at end insert “(unless section 29(4A) applies)”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See the Explanatory Statement for Amendment 2

 


 

George Eustice

 

5

 

Parliamentary Star    

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

 


 

George Eustice

 

6

 

Parliamentary Star    

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.

 



 
 

Notices of Amendments: 23 October 2018                  

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

George Eustice

 

7

 

Parliamentary Star    

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

 


 

George Eustice

 

8

 

Parliamentary Star    

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

 


 

George Eustice

 

9

 

Parliamentary Star    

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

 

Parliamentary Star    

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.

 

George Eustice

 

11

 

Parliamentary Star    

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).

 



 
 

Notices of Amendments: 23 October 2018                  

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

George Eustice

 

18

 

Parliamentary Star    

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

 


 

George Eustice

 

12

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  24,  page  19,  line  7,  after “unless” insert “section 29(4A) applies or”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See the Explanatory Statement for Amendment 2

 


 

George Eustice

 

13

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  25,  page  20,  line  24,  at end insert “(unless section 29(4A) applies)”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See the Explanatory Statement for Amendment 2

 


 

George Eustice

 

19

 

Parliamentary Star    

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

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See the Explanatory Statement for Amendment 2

 

George Eustice

 

20

 

Parliamentary Star    

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.”


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 23 October 2018                  

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment makes the same provision for Wales as that made by NC2 for England.

 

George Eustice

 

21

 

Parliamentary Star    

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.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment makes the same provision for Wales as that made by NC3 for England.

 

George Eustice

 

22

 

Parliamentary Star    

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

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See the Explanatory Statement for Amendment 2

 

George Eustice

 

23

 

Parliamentary Star    

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

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See the Explanatory Statement for Amendment 2

 

George Eustice

 

24

 

Parliamentary Star    

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

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment makes clear that paragraph 16(2) of Schedule 3 is intended to set out the only

 

circumstances in which the Welsh Ministers may make a declaration stating that there are

 

exceptional market conditions. The amendment brings the provision for Wales into line with that

 

for England.


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 23 October 2018                  

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

George Eustice

 

25

 

Parliamentary Star    

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

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment corrects the same error as that corrected by Amendment 6.

 

George Eustice

 

26

 

Parliamentary Star    

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

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See the Explanatory Statement for Amendment 2

 

George Eustice

 

27

 

Parliamentary Star    

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

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See the Explanatory Statement for Amendment 2

 


 

George Eustice

 

28

 

Parliamentary Star    

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

 

2C”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential on Amendments 36 to 38 which insert three new paragraphs into

 

Part 1 of Schedule 4. The amendment provides that expressions explained or defined in paragraph

 

1 also apply in relation to those new paragraphs.

 

George Eustice

 

29

 

Parliamentary Star    

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

 

“(a)    

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

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment and Amendment 30 make clear that references in paragraphs 2 to 2B of Schedule

 

4 to the “basic payment scheme” include arrangements (if any) for direct payments to include a

 

voluntary redistributive payment or payment for areas with natural constraints. Neither of these

 

payments is currently made in Northern Ireland, but the amendments mean that if they are made

 

in future years, the power to make provision for the purpose of simplifying or improving the

 

operation of the basic payment scheme could include provision about these payments.

 

George Eustice

 

30

 

Parliamentary Star    

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.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See the Explanatory Statement for Amendment 29.


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 23 October 2018                  

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

George Eustice

 

31

 

Parliamentary Star    

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).”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment defines “coupled support scheme” which is the subject of Amendment 38.

 

George Eustice

 

32

 

Parliamentary Star    

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,

 

(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).”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment defines “legislation governing the coupled support scheme” which is the subject

 

of Amendment 38.

 

George Eustice

 

33

 

Parliamentary Star    

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

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment removes the definition of “direct payment” because it is not needed: the only

 

references to direct payments in paragraphs 2 to 2B refer to them as being payments under the

 

basic payment scheme.

 

George Eustice

 

34

 

Parliamentary Star    

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

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment corrects a cross reference to the Direct Payments Regulation.

 

George Eustice

 

35

 

Parliamentary Star    

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.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment makes clear that changes to the basic payment scheme made in order to improve

 

or simplify the scheme can include making changes that will continue the taking of steps towards

 

reaching a flat rate of payment.


 
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