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Notices of Amendments

 

given up to and including

 

Friday 26 October 2018

 

New Amendments handed in are marked thus Parliamentary Star

 

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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includes any withdrawn amendments at the end.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].

 

 


 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

Kerry McCarthy

Caroline Lucas

 

44

 

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

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would require the Secretary of State to provide financial assistance for the

 

purposes listed in Clause 1.

 

Kerry McCarthy

 

Martin Whitfield

 

72

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

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


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 26 October 2018                  

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

Dame Cheryl Gillan

 

1

 

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

 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

49

 

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

 

systems where they underpin delivery”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would include farming systems in the land or water management activities for

 

which financial assistance can be given in Clause 1(1)(c).

 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

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”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would add to the purposes for which financial assistance can be given that of

 

limiting greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture or horticulture or encouraging activities that

 

reduce such emissions or remove greenhouse gas from the atmosphere.

 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

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.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would add to the purposes for which financial assistance can be given that of

 

ensuring access to healthy, local, sustainably produced food.

 

Kerry McCarthy

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Martin Whitfield

 

70

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

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,


 
 

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

(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.”

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

74

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

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.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure that any financial assistance provided in relation to ‘the health and

 

welfare of livestock’ purpose in Clause 1 recognises the welfare requirements of animals as

 

sentient beings.

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

75

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

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.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure that any financial assistance provided in relation to ‘environmental

 

hazards’ would ensure that environmental principles continue to apply in the UK after exit day.


 
 

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

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

 

(c)    

supporting persons who are involved in the production, processing,

 

marketing or distribution of products deriving from an agricultural,

 

horticultural or forestry activity.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would extend to England the powers provided to Welsh Ministers in Schedule 3

 

paragraph 1(2)(a) and (c).

 

Mr Philip Dunne

 

Colin Clark

 

Chris Davies

 

88

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

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

 

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.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure that new schemes support agroecological farming systems,

 

including organic, as a way of delivering the purposes in clause 1. Agroecology is recognised by

 

the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation as the basis for evolving food systems that are equally

 

strong in environmental, economic, social and agronomic dimensions.


 
 

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

Kerry McCarthy

 

Martin Whitfield

 

73

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

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.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure that future funding allocated to improve productivity does not

 

support activities which would damage the natural environment/objectives set out in clause 1(1).

 

Mr Philip Dunne

 

Colin Clark

 

Chris Davies

 

89

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

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.”

 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

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.


 
 

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

(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.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would require the Secretary of State to consult on the definition of “productivity”

 

and “improving productivity” and report on that consultation before giving any financial

 

assistance for that purpose under Clause 1(2).

 

Kerry McCarthy

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Martin Whitfield

 

71

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

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 wel-fare 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 an-imal welfare standard specified by the Secretary of

 

State for the welfare of livestock.

 

(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 live-stock.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure that public money is only be used to support genuinely high

 

standards of animal welfare. The Government has confirmed it will define a ‘higher animal

 

welfare standard’ by 2020.

 


 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

84

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  2,  page  2,  line  27,  at end insert—

 

“(3A)    

It shall be a condition for receipt of financial assistance under section 1 that the

 

person in receipt can demonstrate that—

 

(a)    

their existing and proposed land or livestock management practices, or

 

(b)    

their proposed land or livestock management practices;

 

    

meet any regulatory standards specified by the Secretary of State and which are

 

in force at the time that the management practices are carried on.

 

(3B)    

The regulatory standards specified by the Secretary of State under subsection

 

(3A) may (among other things) include standards relating to—

 

(a)    

health or welfare of humans, livestock or wild creatures,

 

(b)    

soil health,


 
 

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

(c)    

air quality,

 

(d)    

quality of water in any inland waterway.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would require the recipients of financial assistance for the purposes in clause 1

 

of the Bill to demonstrate that their existing and proposed land or livestock management practices

 

meet minimum regulatory standards.

 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

85

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  2,  page  2,  line  35,  at end insert—

 

“(6A)    

The Secretary of State must set targets for the reduction of waste food and food

 

products and must by regulations require recipients of financial assistance under

 

section 1 to take steps to avoid and reduce waste of food and food products.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would require the Secretary of State to set targets for reducing food waste and to

 

make regulations requiring recipients of financial assistance to avoid and reduce food waste.

 


 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

45

 

Clause  3,  page  3,  line  5,  leave out “may” and insert “must”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would require the Secretary of State to make regulations for the checking,

 

enforcing and monitoring of financial assistance in Clause 3.

 


 

Jenny Chapman

 

Dr David Drew

 

Sue Hayman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

76

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  6,  page  5,  line  9,  leave out “negative” and insert “affirmative”


 
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