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(iii)    

conditions of employment, and

 

(iv)    

standards and terms of accommodation for agricultural workers.

 

(6)    

“Agricultural worker” shall, for the purposes of this section, be taken to mean any

 

person engaged in—

 

(a)    

agriculture, as defined in section 109 of the Agriculture Act 1947, or

 

(b)    

forestry.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This new clause would require the Secretary of State to report on the impact of the Act on

 

agricultural workers in England, and to consult on the findings of that report and the merits of

 

establishing a sector negotiating body.

 


 

Caroline Lucas

 

Kerry McCarthy

 

Zac Goldsmith

 

Bill Wiggin

 

NC21

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Public procurement

 

    

When procuring and providing food, the Government, its agencies and other

 

public bodies must promote the highest standards of animal welfare.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The Bill should include a provision akin to section 15(5)(c)(ii) of the Procurement Reform

 

(Scotland) Act 2014 which requires the procurement strategy of public bodies `to “promote the

 

highest standards of animal welfare”.

 


 

Jeremy Corbyn

 

Sue Hayman

 

Dr David Drew

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

NC22

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Financial assistance: agricultural tenancies (No. 2)

 

(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.


 
 

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(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 the Tribunal

 

Procedure (First-tier Tribunal) (Property Chamber) Rules 2013.

 

(5)    

“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.

 


 

Giles Watling

 

Sir David Amess

 

Ross Thomson

 

Geraint Davies

 

Dr Lisa Cameron

 

Charlie Elphicke

Henry Smith

Bob Blackman

Royston Smith

Mr Nigel Evans

Andrew Rosindell

Tracey Crouch

Darren Jones

Daniel Kawczynski

Bill Wiggin

Dr Rupa Huq

Sir Robert Syms

Zac Goldsmith

Heidi Allen

Anne Marie Morris

Liz Saville Roberts

David T. C. Davies

Maria Caulfield

Andy Slaughter

Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger

David Simpson

Sir Henry Bellingham

Faisal Rashid

Jim Shannon

Emma Little Pengelly

Danielle Rowley

Scott Mann

Tom Brake

Chris Evans

Rosie Cooper

Sir Greg Knight

 

NC23

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Prohibition on the human consumption of dogs or cats

 

(1)    

A person who knowingly consumes any part of a dog or a cat is guilty of an

 

offence.

 

(2)    

A person who knowingly transports, possesses or donates—

 

(a)    

a dog or cat to be slaughtered for human consumption; or

 

(b)    

part of a dog or of a cat for human consumption

 

    

is guilty of an offence.

 

(3)    

A person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable on summary

 

conviction to—

 

(a)    

imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months, or


 
 

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(b)    

a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This new clause would prohibit the human consumption, transport and possession of dog and cat

 

meat.

 


 

Kerry McCarthy

 

Caroline Lucas

 

NC25

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Objectives

 

(1)    

Within two years of the entering into force of this Part, the Secretary of State shall

 

consult the public on and publish environmental objectives for—

 

(a)    

the achievement of the purposes within sections 1(1)(a) to (g),

 

(b)    

the protection and welfare of livestock as sentient beings, and

 

(c)    

the maintenance, recovery and restoration of the natural environment.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This new clause would require the Secretary of State to consult and then publish specific

 

environmental objectives, within two years of this Part of the Bill entering into force, to ensure the

 

Bill meets its purpose.

 


 

Kerry McCarthy

 

Caroline Lucas

 

NC26

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Financial assistance: annual report

 

(1)    

The Secretary of State must report annually to Parliament on financial assistance

 

to be given under section 1.

 

(2)    

The report must include—

 

(a)    

an independent assessment of the need against which the purposes under

 

section 1(1) must deliver over the following five financial years; and

 

(b)    

the planned departmental budget forecast to meet the need assessed under

 

subsection (2)(a) for the next five financial years.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

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

 

given under section 1, including an independent assessment of the finances needed over the next

 

five years to meet the Bill’s purposes and in turn how the Department is going to make that funding

 

available.

 



 
 

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Kerry McCarthy

 

Caroline Lucas

 

NC27

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Duties in exercising functions under this Part

 

(1)    

In exercising functions under this Part, the Secretary of State shall further—

 

(a)    

the achievement of the purposes within sections 1(1)(a) to (g),

 

(b)    

the protection and welfare of livestock as sentient beings, and

 

(c)    

the maintenance, recovery and restoration of the natural environment.

 

(2)    

The Secretary of State must establish an environmental land management scheme

 

designed to further the objectives in subsection (1).”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This new clause would require the Secretary of State to translate priorities into specific actions

 

and requirements, including the establishment of an Environmental Land Management Scheme.

 


 

Sir Henry Bellingham

 

Nicky Morgan

 

NC28

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Direct payments and delinked payments: timescales for payment

 

(1)    

The Secretary of State shall make regulations setting out timescales for the

 

payment of any direct payment or delinked payment to a person who is entitled

 

to receive it.

 

(2)    

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

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This new clause would ensure that those entitled to payments received those payments within

 

guaranteed timescales to help ensure certainty of cash flow.

 


 

Sir Henry Bellingham

 

NC29

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Agricultural tenancy reform

 

(1)    

The Secretary of State must, within the period of twelve months beginning with

 

the day on which this Act is passed, publish a draft Bill setting out—

 

(a)    

reforms to modernise agricultural tenancies legislation,

 

(b)    

provisions to enable tenants to adapt to change, access new schemes,

 

improve productivity and facilitate structural change, and

 

(c)    

such other provisions as the Secretary of State considers appropriate.


 
 

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(2)    

In this section, “agricultural tenancies legislation” means in particular the

 

Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 and the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This new clause would ensure that the recommendations put forward by the Tenancy Reform

 

Industry Group can be implemented in a timely manner.

 


 

Tracey Crouch

 

Ross Thomson

 

Henry Smith

 

Zac Goldsmith

 

Giles Watling

 

Sir Mike Penning

 

NC30

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Export of live farm animals: review

 

(1)    

No later than one year after exit day, the Secretary of State must publish the

 

conclusions of a review into the export of live farm animals, including animals

 

being exported for slaughter or for further fattening.

 

(2)    

If that review concludes that such exports should not be prohibited, it must set out

 

the reasons for reaching that conclusion.

 

(3)    

“Exit day” shall have the meaning given in section 20 of the European Union

 

(Withdrawal) Act 2018.”

 


 

Giles Watling

 

Henry Smith

 

Heidi Allen

 

Andrea Jenkyns

 

Mr William Wragg

 

Scott Mann

Sir Greg Knight

Daniel Kawczynski

Julia Lopez

Antoinette Sandbach

Maria Caulfield

David T. C. Davies

Ross Thomson

Sir Henry Bellingham

Jim Shannon

Caroline Lucas

Grahame Morris

Sir Mike Penning

Lady Hermon

Mr Laurence Robertson

Kerry McCarthy

 

NC31

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Mandatory labelling of animal products as to slaughtering method

 

(1)    

Meat and meat products shall be labelled so as to indicate the method used to

 

slaughter any animal from which the meat or meat product is derived.

 

(2)    

A label for the purposes of subsection (1) must state whether the animal was

 

stunned during the act of slaughter.

 

(3)    

The Secretary of State shall make regulations that make provision for—

 

(a)    

the labelling terms to be used for meat and meat products, 

 

(b)    

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


 
 

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(c)    

the required size, legibility and placement of labels.

 

(4)    

Regulations under this section are subject to the affirmative resolution

 

procedure.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This new clause would make it a requirement for all meat and meat products to be labelled as to

 

the method of slaughter, which will include a statement on whether the animal was stunned during

 

the process.

 


 

Bill Wiggin

 

Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger

 

Dame Cheryl Gillan

 

Daniel Kawczynski

 

Ben Lake

 

Kerry McCarthy

 

NC32

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Definition of grass-fed products

 

(1)    

Regulations under section 22(1) shall enable the provision described in

 

subsection (2) of this section.

 

(2)    

A product which is partly or wholly derived from an animal may only be

 

described as grass-fed if the animal or animals have eaten only grass and pasture

 

throughout their lifetime, with the exception of milk consumed by youngstock

 

prior to weaning.

 

(3)    

For the purposes of subsection (2), “pasture” includes—

 

(a)    

permanent pasture and long and short term leys which may be part of a

 

mixed farming system, and

 

(b)    

hay, silage derived from grass not grain, forage and naturally occurring

 

vegetation in the grassland including legumes and other forbs, and

 

woody species.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This new clause would protect the definition of grass-fed, certifying that livestock and food

 

products labelled as grass-fed are fully raised on pasture.

 

 


 

Jeremy Corbyn

 

Sue Hayman

 

Dr David Drew

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

Tim Farron

 

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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.


 
 

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Jeremy Corbyn

 

Sue Hayman

 

Dr David Drew

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

Cat Smith

 

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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

 

Tim Farron

 

Kerry McCarthy

 

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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

 

Tim Farron

Sir Desmond Swayne

Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Susan Elan Jones

Ruth George

Nicky Morgan

 

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

 

Year Environment Plan with regard to landscape enhancement. Without this amendment, cultural

 

and/or natural heritage enhancement could be delivered out of context, reducing the beauty of

 

landscapes.


 
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