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and would require local authorities to review their holding and submit proposals for future

 

management to provide opportunities to extend access to farming, education, and innovation.

 


 

Caroline Lucas

 

Kerry McCarthy

 

Catherine West

 

John Grogan

 

Mr George Howarth

 

Mr Dennis Skinner

Paul Flynn

 

NC10

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Application of pesticides: limitation on use to protect human health

 

(1)    

The Secretary of State shall by regulations make provision for prohibiting the

 

application of any pesticide for the purpose of agriculture near—

 

(a)    

any building used for habitation,

 

(b)    

any building or open space used for work or recreation, or

 

(c)    

any public or private building where members of the public may be

 

present including, but not limited to, schools, nurseries, and hospitals.

 

(2)    

Regulations under this section may specify a minimum distance to be maintained

 

during the application of any pesticide between the place of application and any

 

place under subsection (1)(a) to (c).

 

(3)    

For the purposes of this section—

 

“agriculture” has the meaning given in section 15(6), and

 

“public building” includes any building used for the purposes of education.

 

(4)    

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

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This new clause would have the effect of protecting members of the public from hazardous health

 

impacts arising from the application of chemical pesticides near buildings and spaces used by the

 

public.

 



 
 

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Caroline Lucas

 

Kerry McCarthy

 

Zac Goldsmith

 

Mr Alistair Carmichael

 

Tim Farron

 

Catherine West

John Grogan

Mr George Howarth

Mr Dennis Skinner

Paul Flynn

 

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.”

 



 
 

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Neil Parish

 

Fiona Bruce

 

Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger

 

Tim Farron

 

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,

 

(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


 
 

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(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.

 


 

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—

 

(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.

 



 
 

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Zac Goldsmith

 

Kerry McCarthy

 

Heidi Allen

 

Henry Smith

 

Sir David Amess

 

Mrs Anne Main

Giles Watling

Bill Wiggin

Tracey Crouch

 

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.

 

(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

Giles Watling

Tracey Crouch

 

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.


 
 

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(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

 

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

 

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


 
 

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standards to which any such product is produced 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;

 

(d)    

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

 

establishment or spread of pests.”

 


 

Caroline Lucas

 

NC20

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Report on impact of Act upon agricultural workers

 

(1)    

The Secretary of State shall, within 18 months of Royal Assent being given to this

 

Act, lay before Parliament a report containing an assessment of the impact of the

 

provisions of this Act on agricultural workers in England.

 

(2)    

The report under subsection (1) shall include assessments of the impact of the Act

 

upon each of the factors listed in subsection (3).

 

(3)    

The factors are agricultural workers’—

 

(a)    

living standards,

 

(b)    

pay,

 

(c)    

conditions of employment, and

 

(d)    

accommodation.

 

(4)    

The report under subsection (1) shall include an analysis of the impact on each

 

factor under subsection (3)—

 

(a)    

in each region of England, and


 
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