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Caroline Lucas

 

Kerry McCarthy

 

Zac Goldsmith

 

NC11

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Reducing use and impacts of pesticides

 

(1)    

The Secretary of State must, within six months of Royal Assent being given to

 

this Act, publish a policy statement setting out proposals for encouraging the

 

adoption of integrated pest management practices in England.

 

(2)    

The Secretary of State must, within one year of Royal Assent being given to this

 

Act, set targets for—

 

(a)    

a reduction in pesticide use in England, and

 

(b)    

a reduction in the toxic load placed upon the environment in England as

 

a result of the use of pesticides in the management of livestock or land or

 

water.

 

(3)    

The Secretary of State shall, when measuring pesticide use for the purpose of

 

subsection (2)(a), measure (among other things)—

 

(a)    

the frequency of use of any pesticide, and

 

(b)    

the extent of any area treated with a pesticide.

 

(4)    

The Secretary of State shall, when measuring for the purpose of subsection (2)(b)

 

the toxic load placed upon the environment, measure (among other things)—

 

(a)    

any impact upon the environment which is wholly or partly attributable

 

to the use of a pesticide in the management of livestock or land or water,

 

and

 

(b)    

any impact upon human or animal health which is wholly or partly

 

attributable to the use of a pesticide in the management of livestock or

 

land or water.

 

(5)    

For the purposes of this section—

 

“integrated pest management practices” include any practice for managing

 

the growth and health of crops which relies wholly or significantly on

 

ecological pest control mechanisms and which uses a pesticide or

 

pesticides only when economically and ecologically justified

 

“toxic load placed upon the environment” shall mean any harmful impact

 

upon the environment or human or animal health which is wholly or

 

partly attributable to the use of a pesticide.”

 


 

Neil Parish

 

Fiona Bruce

 

Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger

 

NC13

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Agricultural products: Parliamentary approval of relevant parts of

 

international trade agreements

 

(1)    

The United Kingdom may not become a signatory to any international trade

 

agreement of which an element concerns trade in agricultural products unless—

 

(a)    

upon conclusion of the negotiations, the text of any element which

 

concerns trade in agricultural products has been laid before Parliament,


 
 

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(b)    

the House of Commons has approved by resolution a motion moved by a

 

Minister of the Crown which approves the text of any element which

 

concerns trade in agricultural products, and

 

(c)    

the House of Lords has debated a motion in the same terms as that

 

approved by the House of Commons.

 

(2)    

A motion under subsection (1)(b) shall be framed in terms which permit

 

amendment.

 

(3)    

For the purposes of this section, “agricultural product” shall mean any product

 

which falls within an agricultural sector listed in Part 2 of Schedule 1.

 


 

Jeremy Corbyn

 

Sue Hayman

 

Dr David Drew

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

NC14

 

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.

 

(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.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This new clause would require the Secretary of State to report annually on the funding allocated

 

to each of the purposes of the Bill, on its sufficiency to meet policy objectives and on the Secretary

 

of State’s intentions if in their opinion funding for any purpose was not sufficient.

 



 
 

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Jeremy Corbyn

 

Sue Hayman

 

Dr David Drew

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

NC15

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Financial assistance: agricultural tenancies

 

(1)    

Where in respect of a tenancy of an agricultural holding a tenant is restricted by

 

the terms of the tenancy agreement in relation to any activity for which financial

 

assistance has been granted under or in connection with this Act, or any

 

environmental land management scheme established in connection with the

 

provisions of this Act, the tenant may serve notice on the landlord to request

 

consent for that activity.

 

(2)    

A landlord must respond to a notice served under subsection (1) within one

 

month.

 

(3)    

If the landlord does not respond to a notice served under subsection (1) within one

 

month, consent for the activity within the notice from the tenant will be deemed

 

to have been given.

 

(4)    

Any objection by the landlord to a notice served under subsection (1) may be

 

referred by the tenant to arbitration or expert determination under a mechanism

 

to be established by regulations made by the Secretary of State.

 

(5)    

Regulations under subsection (4) shall be subject to the affirmative procedure.

 

(6)    

“Financial assistance” under subsection (1) shall be taken to include (amongst

 

other things)—

 

(a)    

any payment of financial assistance under section 1,

 

(b)    

any payment under the basic payment scheme, within the meaning of

 

section 4,

 

(c)    

any delinked payment within the meaning of section 4 or 9 as the case

 

may be, and

 

(d)    

any other form of financial assistance which may be given under this

 

Act.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This new clause would enable a tenant to challenge a restriction in the tenancy agreement

 

regarding the receipt of financial assistance under the terms of the Bill.

 


 

Jeremy Corbyn

 

Sue Hayman

 

Dr David Drew

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

NC16

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Monitoring pesticide use and alternatives

 

(1)    

The Secretary of State must, within six months of Royal Assent being given to

 

this Act, publish proposals—


 
 

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(a)    

to monitor the use and effects of pesticides in the management of

 

livestock or land, and

 

(b)    

to conduct research into alternative methods of pest control and to invest

 

in and promote their take-up, and

 

(c)    

to consult on a target to reduce the use of pesticides.

 

(2)    

The proposals shall include steps to measure—

 

(a)    

the effect of pesticides on environmental health,

 

(b)    

the effect of pesticides on human health,

 

(c)    

the frequency with which individual pesticides are applied,

 

(d)    

the areas to which individual pesticides are applied, and

 

(e)    

the take-up of alternative methods of pest control by land use and sector.

 

(3)    

“Environmental health” in subsection (2)(a) includes the health of flora, fauna,

 

land, air or any inland water body.

 

(4)    

“Human health” in subsection (2)(b) means the health of farmers, farmworkers

 

and their families, operators, bystanders, rural residents and the general public.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This new clause would require the Secretary of State to publish proposals to monitor the impact of

 

pesticides, to conduct research into alternative methods of pest control, to promote their take-up,

 

and to consult on proposals to set a target to reduce the use of pesticides.

 


 

Zac Goldsmith

 

Kerry McCarthy

 

Heidi Allen

 

Henry Smith

 

Sir David Amess

 

Mrs Anne Main

 

NC17

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Mandatory labelling of animal products as to farming method

 

(1)    

Meat, meat products, milk, dairy products and egg products shall be labelled as

 

to the method of farming.

 

(2)    

The Secretary of State shall make regulations that (among other things) lay

 

down—

 

(a)    

the labelling terms to be used for meat, meat products, milk, dairy

 

products and egg products;

 

(b)    

the conditions that must be met for the use of each labelling term;

 

(c)    

the required size, legibility and placement of labels;

 

(d)    

the circumstances in which a product containing meat, eggs, milk or dairy

 

products may be exempt from the requirement set out in subsection (1)

 

due to the low proportion of these items that are included in the product.

 

(3)    

For the purposes of this section—

 

“dairy products” means butter, cheese, ice cream and yoghurt and products

 

that include milk or skimmed milk powder;

 

 “egg products” means products that include eggs;

 

“meat products” means products that include meat.


 
 

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(4)    

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

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

Clause 22 enables the Secretary of State to make labelling regulations. This new clause would

 

require the Secretary of State to make labelling regulations that require meat and meat products,

 

milk and dairy products, and egg products, including those which have been produced intensively,

 

to be labelled as to farming method. Eggs are not included as legislation already requires eggs to

 

be labelled as to farming method.

 


 

Zac Goldsmith

 

Kerry McCarthy

 

Heidi Allen

 

Henry Smith

 

Sir David Amess

 

Mrs Anne Main

 

NC18

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Export of farmed animals for slaughter or fattening

 

(1)    

A person commits an offence if the person exports to any country outside the

 

United Kingdom a farmed animal for slaughter or fattening.

 

(2)    

A person commits an offence if the person arranges or facilitates the export to any

 

country outside the United Kingdom of a farmed animal for slaughter or

 

fattening.

 

(3)    

Subsections (1) and (2) do not apply to the export of a farmed animal from

 

Northern Ireland to the Republic of Ireland provided that the animal—

 

(a)    

was born in Northern Ireland, and

 

(b)    

is to be slaughtered in the Republic of Ireland within eighteen months of

 

arrival in the Republic of Ireland.

 

(4)    

A person guilty of an offence under subsections (1) or (2) is liable on summary

 

conviction—

 

(a)    

in England and Wales, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 51

 

weeks, to a fine or to both;

 

(b)    

in Scotland, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months, to a

 

fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale, or to both;

 

(c)    

in Northern Ireland, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months,

 

to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale or to both.

 

(5)    

In relation to an offence committed before section 281(5) of the Criminal Justice

 

Act 2003 comes into force, the reference in subsection (4)(a) to 51 weeks is to be

 

read as a reference to 6 months.

 

(6)    

For the purpose of this section “fattening” means the keeping of an animal so that

 

it gains weight in readiness for slaughter.

 

(7)    

This section extends to England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

 

(8)    

This section shall come into force on “exit day”, where “exit day” shall have the

 

same meaning as in section 20 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This Clause would prohibit the export from the UK of farm animals for slaughter or fattening. It


 
 

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includes an exception to this prohibition in respect of genuine cross-border movements from

 

Northern Ireland to the Republic of Ireland.

 


 

Neil Parish

 

Fiona Bruce

 

Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger

 

NC19

 

Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Agricultural products: negotiating mandate for relevant international trade

 

agreements (No. 2)

 

(1)    

The Secretary of State shall not open negotiations on any element of a proposed

 

international trade agreement which concerns trade in agricultural products

 

unless each of the conditions in this section have been satisfied in respect of that

 

agreement.

 

(2)    

The first condition is that a Minister of the Crown shall have laid before

 

Parliament a draft of a negotiating mandate relating to the proposed trade

 

agreement, setting out—

 

(a)    

the principles to underpin the proposed negotiations; and

 

(b)    

the desired outcomes from the proposed negotiations.

 

(3)    

The principles under subsection (2)(a) shall include, but are not limited to, the

 

steps which the Government intends to take in order to seek to ensure that no

 

agricultural product may be imported into the UK under the agreement unless the

 

standards to which any such product are at least as high as standards specified by

 

primary or subordinate legislation in the United Kingdom relating to—

 

(a)    

the health and welfare of livestock,

 

(b)    

protection of the environment,

 

(c)    

supply and sale of food or drink which is provided for consumers by an

 

agri-food supply chain, and

 

(d)    

sanitary and phytosanitary measures.

 

(4)    

The second condition is that the House of Commons has approved by resolution

 

a motion—

 

(a)    

setting out a proposed negotiating mandate for any part of the proposed

 

trade agreement which concerns trade in agricultural products, and

 

(b)    

authorising the Secretary of State to enter negotiations on that part or

 

those parts of the proposed trade agreement on the basis of that mandate.

 

(5)    

The third condition is that the House of Lords has debated the proposed

 

agreement.

 

(6)    

A motion under subsection (4) shall be drafted in terms which permit amendment.

 

(7)    

For the purposes of this section, “agricultural product” shall mean any product

 

which falls within an agricultural sector listed in Part 2 of Schedule 1.

 

(8)    

For the purposes of this section, “Sanitary and phytosanitary measures” shall

 

mean any measure applied—

 

(a)    

to protect human or animal life from risks arising from additives,

 

contaminants, toxins or disease-causing organisms in their food;

 

(b)    

to protect human life from plant- or animal-carried diseases;

 

(c)    

to protect animal or plant life from pests, diseases or disease-causing

 

organisms;


 
 

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(d)    

to prevent or limit other damage to a country from the entry,

 

establishment or spread of pests.”

 

 


 

Jeremy Corbyn

 

Sue Hayman

 

Dr David Drew

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

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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.

 

Jeremy Corbyn

 

Sue Hayman

 

Dr David Drew

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

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Clause  1,  page  1,  line  7,  at end insert—

 

“(aa)    

“supporting agriculture and horticulture businesses in

 

enabling public access to healthy food that is farmed

 

sustainably, including food produced through whole

 

farm agroecological systems.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

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

 

ensuring access to healthy food produced sustainably including through whole farm

 

agroecological systems.

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Dr Sarah Wollaston

 

Alex Cunningham

 

11

 

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  1,  leave out “supporting” and insert “enhancing”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would have the effect of ensuring that financial assistance could be provided to

 

improve the accessibility of existing public rights of way. It would also ensure that financial

 

assistance could be provided for the creation of new public access opportunities where these are

 

most needed.

 

Neil Parish

 

Sir Hugo Swire

 

Fiona Bruce

 

Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger

 

Scott Mann

 

5

 

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  3,  after “enhances” insert “landscape quality,”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure that the mechanics of the bill are aligned with the delivery of the 25


 
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