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House of Commons

 
 

Tuesday 20 November 2018

 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings

 

Agriculture Bill


 

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Withdrawn after debate: moved and debated but then withdrawn, so not put to a decision.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

 

 


 

First and Second Sittings

 

George Eustice

 

Question proposed

 

That—

 

(1)  

the Committee shall (in addition to its first meeting at 9.25 am on Tuesday 23

 

October) meet—

 

(a)  

at 2.00 pm on Tuesday 23 October;

 

(b)  

at 11.30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 25 October;

 

(c)  

at 9.25 am and 2.00 pm on Tuesday 30 October;

 

(d)  

at 11.30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 1 November;

 

(e)  

at 9.25 am and 2.00 pm on Tuesday 13 November;

 

(f)  

at 11.30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 15 November; and

 

(g)  

at 9.25 am and 2.00 pm on Tuesday 20 November;


 
 

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

(2)  

the Committee shall hear oral evidence in accordance with the following

 

Table:

 

      TABLE

 

Date

Time

Witness

 
 

Tuesday 23

Until no later

Nature Friendly Farming Network;

 
 

October

than 10.55 am

National Trust;

 
   

RSPB;

 
   

Gilles Deprez

 
 

Tuesday 23

Until no later

Farmwel;

 
 

October

than 11.25 am

RSPCA;

 
   

British Veterinary Association

 
 

Tuesday 23

Until no later

NFU;

 
 

October

than 2.30 pm

National Federation of Young Farmers’

 
   

Clubs

 
 

Tuesday 23

Until no later

Country Land and Business

 
 

October

than 3.00 pm

Association;

 
   

Tenant Farmers Association

 
 

Tuesday 23

Until no later

Food Standards Agency;

 
 

October

than 3.30 pm

Food and Drink Federation;

 
   

Groceries Code Adjudicator

 
 

Tuesday 23

Until no later

National Farmers’ Union Cymru;

 
 

October

than 5.00 pm

Farmers’ Union of Wales

 
 

Thursday 25

Until no later

Traceability Design User Group;

 
 

October

than 12.15 pm

Environment Agency;

 
   

Rural Payments Agency

 
 

Thursday 25

Until no later

British Growers Association;

 
 

October

than 1.00 pm

Soil Association

 
 

Thursday 25

Until no later

Professor Erik Millstone, Professor of

 
 

October

than 2.45 pm

Science Policy, University of Sussex;

 
   

David Baldick, Senior Research

 
   

Fellow, Institute of European

 
   

Environmental Policy;

 
   

Vicky Hird, Sustain;

 
   

Professor Terry Marsden, Professor of

 
   

Environmental Policy and Planning,

 
   

University of Cardiff

 
 

Thursday 25

Until no later

Unite;

 
 

October

than 3.15 pm

The Landworkers’ Alliance

 
 

(3)  

proceedings on consideration of the Bill in Committee shall be taken in the

 

following order: Clauses 1 to 22; Schedule 1; Clause 23; Schedule 2; Clauses

 

24 to 27; Schedule 3; Clause 28; Schedule 4; Clauses 29 to 31; Schedule 5;

 

Clauses 32 to 36; new Clauses; new Schedules; and remaining proceedings

 

on the Bill; and

 

(4)  

the proceedings shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a

 

conclusion at 5.00 pm on Tuesday 20 November.


 
 

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

As an Amendment to George Eustice’s proposed Motion:

 

George Eustice

 

Agreed to  

 

That the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs be omitted from the third

 

entry for Tuesday 23 October and that the Food and Drink Federation and the

 

Groceries Code Adjudicator be omitted from the fifth entry for Tuesday 23

 

October.

 


 

George Eustice

 

Motion, as amended, agreed to

 

That—

 

(1)  

the Committee shall (in addition to its first meeting at 9.25 am on Tuesday 23

 

October) meet—

 

(a)  

at 2.00 pm on Tuesday 23 October;

 

(b)  

at 11.30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 25 October;

 

(c)  

at 9.25 am and 2.00 pm on Tuesday 30 October;

 

(d)  

at 11.30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 1 November;

 

(e)  

at 9.25 am and 2.00 pm on Tuesday 13 November;

 

(f)  

at 11.30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 15 November; and

 

(g)  

at 9.25 am and 2.00 pm on Tuesday 20 November;

 

(2)  

the Committee shall hear oral evidence in accordance with the following

 

Table:

 

      TABLE

 

Date

Time

Witness

 
 

Tuesday 23

Until no later

Nature Friendly Farming Network;

 
 

October

than 10.55 am

National Trust;

 
   

RSPB;

 
   

Gilles Deprez

 
 

Tuesday 23

Until no later

Farmwel;

 
 

October

than 11.25 am

RSPCA;

 
   

British Veterinary Association

 
 

Tuesday 23

Until no later

NFU;

 
 

October

than 2.30 pm

  
 

Tuesday 23

Until no later

Country Land and Business

 
 

October

than 3.00 pm

Association;

 
   

Tenant Farmers Association

 
 

Tuesday 23

Until no later

Food Standards Agency;

 
 

October

than 3.30 pm

  
 

Tuesday 23

Until no later

National Farmers’ Union Cymru;

 
 

October

than 5.00 pm

Farmers’ Union of Wales

 
 

Thursday 25

Until no later

Traceability Design User Group;

 
 

October

than 12.15 pm

Environment Agency;

 
   

Rural Payments Agency

 
 

Thursday 25

Until no later

British Growers Association;

 
 

October

than 1.00 pm

Soil Association

 
 

Thursday 25

Until no later

Professor Erik Millstone, Professor of

 
 

October

than 2.45 pm

Science Policy, University of Sussex;

 
   

David Baldick, Senior Research

 
   

Fellow, Institute of European

 
   

Environmental Policy;

 
   

Vicky Hird, Sustain;

 
   

Professor Terry Marsden, Professor of

 
   

Environmental Policy and Planning,

 
   

University of Cardiff

 
 

Thursday 25

Until no later

Unite;

 
 

October

than 3.15 pm

The Landworkers’ Alliance

 

 
 

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

(3)  

proceedings on consideration of the Bill in Committee shall be taken in the

 

following order: Clauses 1 to 22; Schedule 1; Clause 23; Schedule 2; Clauses

 

24 to 27; Schedule 3; Clause 28; Schedule 4; Clauses 29 to 31; Schedule 5;

 

Clauses 32 to 36; new Clauses; new Schedules; and remaining proceedings

 

on the Bill; and

 

(4)  

the proceedings shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a

 

conclusion at 5.00 pm on Tuesday 20 November.

 


 

George Eustice

 

To move, That, at this and any subsequent meeting at which oral evidence is to be

 

heard, the Committee shall sit in private until the witnesses are admitted.

 

Agreed to

 


 

George Eustice

 

To move, That, subject to the discretion of the Chair, any written evidence received by

 

the Committee shall be reported to the House for publication.

 

Agreed to

 


 

The following witnesses gave oral evidence:

 


 

Martin Lines, Chair, Nature Friendly Farming Network, Patrick Begg, Outdoors and Natural

 

Resources Director, National Trust, Thomas Lancaster, Principal Policy Officer, Agriculture,

 

RSPB, and Gilles Deprez, commercial farmer and Managing Director of Greenyard Flowers Ltd.


 
 

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

Ffinlo Costain, Director, Farmwel, David Bowles, Head of Public Affairs, RSPCA, and Simon

 

Doherty, President, British Veterinary Association.

 


 

As an Amendment to the Order of the Committee this day:

 

George Eustice

 

Agreed to  

 

That the Order of the Committee this day be varied, by inserting after the last entry

 

in the Table:

 

Thursday 25

Until no later

NFU Scotland;

 
 

October

than 4.30 pm

Ulster Farmers Union

 
 


 

The following witnesses gave oral evidence:

 


 

Andrew Clark, Director of Policy, NFU.

 

Christopher Price, Director of Policy and Advice, Country Land and Business Association, and

 

George Dunn, CEO, Tenant Farmers Association.

 

Jason Feeney CBE, Chief Executive, Food Standards Agency.

 

Dr Nick Fenwick, Head of Policy, Farmers Union of Wales, John Davies, President, National

 

Farmers Union Cymru, and Huw Thomas, Political Adviser, National Farmers Union Cymru.

 


 

Third and Fourth Sittings

 

George Eustice

 

That on Thursday 25 October, after hearing oral evidence in accordance with the

 

motion agreed to by the Committee on Tuesday 23 October, the Committee shall hear oral

 

evidence from the following until not later than 4.30pm—

 

  (1) Ulster Farmers’ Union;

 

  (2) NFU Scotland;

 

  (3) Scottish Government;

 

  (4) Quality Meat Scotland.

 

Agreed to

 


 

The following witnesses gave oral evidence:

 


 

John Cross, Chair, Traceability Design User Group, Professor Pete Fox, Director Water, Land

 

and Biodiversity, Environment Agency, and Helen Taylor, Programme Manager for the Future

 

Agriculture Programme, Environment Agency.

 


 

Jack Ward, Chief Executive, British Growers Association, and Helen Browning OBE, Chief

 

Executive, Soil Association.

 


 

Professor Erik Millstone, Professor of Science Policy, University of Sussex, David Baldock, Senior


 
 

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

Research Fellow, Institute of European Environmental Policy, Vicki Hird, Farm Campaign

 

Coordinator, Sustain, and Professor Terry Marsden, Professor of Environmental Policy and

 

Planning, Director of PLACE, Cardiff University.

 


 

Diana Holland, Assistant General Secretary, Transport - Equalities - Food & Agriculture, UNITE,

 

and Ed Hamer, Policy Officer, Landworkers’ Alliance.

 


 

Jonnie Hall, Director of Policy, NFU Scotland, Ivor Ferguson, President, Ulster Farmers’ Union,

 

Wesley Aston, CEO, Ulster Farmers’ Union, George Burgess, Deputy Director, Trade Policy,

 

Food & Drink, Scottish Government, and Alan Clarke, Chief Executive, Quality Meat Scotland.

 


 

Fifth and Sixth Sittings

 

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”

 

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”


 
 

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

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.”

 

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


 
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