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Notices of Amendments: 28 March 2019                  

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

Kerry McCarthy

 

Zac Goldsmith

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Darren Jones

 

Dr Sarah Wollaston

 

Sir Desmond Swayne

Catherine West

John Grogan

Mr George Howarth

Mr Roger Godsiff

Tom Brake

Anna McMorrin

Ruth George

Alex Sobel

 

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Clause  1,  page  2,  line  8,  at end insert—

 

“(h)    

establishing and maintaining whole farm agroecological systems.”

 

Angela Smith

 

Scott Mann

 

Dr Sarah Wollaston

 

9

 

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  8,  at end insert—

 

“(h)    

supporting rural development.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would provide the Secretary of State with the ability to make payments for

 

measures which are currently funded via the Rural Development Programme.

 

Helen Goodman

 

Sir Nicholas Soames

 

Tim Farron

 

Richard Benyon

 

Ruth George

 

Simon Hart

Sir Patrick McLoughlin

Antoinette Sandbach

Scott Mann

Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger

Angela Smith

Conor McGinn

Mr Philip Dunne

Dr Sarah Wollaston

 

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Clause  1,  page  2,  line  8,  at end insert—

 

“(h)    

supporting upland landscapes and communities.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would provide the Secretary of State with the power to give financial assistance

 

for the purpose of supporting upland landscapes and communities in England.


 
 

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Ruth George

 

Zac Goldsmith

 

Clive Lewis

 

Eleanor Smith

 

Diana Johnson

 

Liz Twist

Anne Marie Morris

Tim Farron

Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger

Derek Thomas

Sir Desmond Swayne

Sir Nicholas Soames

Neil Parish

Douglas Ross

Antoinette Sandbach

Bill Wiggin

Caroline Lucas

Alex Sobel

Anna McMorrin

Richard Benyon

 

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Clause  1,  page  2,  line  8,  at end insert—

 

“(h)    

maintaining a network of micro-abattoirs which provide slaughtering

 

services for locally produced and marketed meat.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would enable the Secretary of State to provide financial assistance in relation to

 

micro-abattoirs.

 

Kerry McCarthy

 

Caroline Lucas

 

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Clause  1,  page  2,  line  10,  leave out “an” and insert “any sustainable”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would require the Secretary of State to link the payments for starting or improving

 

productivity to sustainable agricultural, horticultural or forestry activity.

 

Neil Parish

 

Sir Hugo Swire

 

Fiona Bruce

 

Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger

 

Scott Mann

 

Tim Farron

Gordon Henderson

Nicky Morgan

 

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Clause  1,  page  2,  line  10,  after first “of” insert “encouraging food production, or”

 

Angela Smith

 

Tim Farron

 

Scott Mann

 

10

 

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  11,  at end insert—

 

“(2A)    

The Secretary of State shall, within six months of this Act being given Royal

 

Assent, lay before Parliament a statement setting out his or her planned

 

expenditure under subsection (2) for—

 

(a)    

financial year 2019-20, and

 

(b)    

financial year 2020-21.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure that the Secretary of State details how much expenditure is planned

 

for managed change and to improve farm productivity growth before the beginning of the

 

agricultural transition period during which cuts to the Basic Payment Scheme will occur.


 
 

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Caroline Lucas

 

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Clause  1,  page  2,  line  11,  at end insert—

 

“(2A)    

The Secretary of State may also give financial assistance for or in connection

 

with—

 

(a)    

supporting the development of strategies to assist in the distribution of

 

agri-food products which are locally produced and sold by micro-

 

enterprises and community enterprises, or

 

(b)    

developing a supply chain infrastructure for the purpose of assisting in

 

the supply, processing and sale of agri-food products which are locally

 

produced and sold by micro-enterprises or community enterprises.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would give financial powers to develop local food strategies and infrastructure,

 

such as town markets, community supported agriculture projects, processing facilities, online

 

distribution hubs, local abattoirs, etc. to support small farms and/or community agricultural

 

businesses with the purpose of improving public access to fresh and nutritious food, improving

 

farm viability, reducing transport associated with agricultural products and securing our domestic

 

food supply.

 

Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown

 

Gordon Henderson

 

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Clause  1,  page  2,  line  11,  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 producer

 

organisations, associations of recognised producer organisations and

 

interbranch organisations recognised under Part 6 or under the CMO

 

Regulation at the date of enactment of this Act); or

 

(b)    

persons with an interest in agricultural land, where the financial

 

assistance relates directly to that land.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure that financial assistance under the Bill is provided only in relation

 

to farmers, including those operating through POs, APOs and IBOs, agricultural/horticultural

 

activity and/or farmland. It would ensure that the Agriculture Act pursues agricultural/

 

horticultural objectives and that financial assistance is provided in a way that meets the

 

Government’s aims of moving away from the CAP and transforming agriculture in the UK.

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Kerry McCarthy

 

Anna McMorrin

 

Alex Sobel

 

Ruth George

 

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Clause  1,  page  2,  line  13,  at end insert—

 

“(3A)    

In giving financial assistance under this section, the Secretary of State shall

 

publish objectives for and further—

 

(a)    

the contribution of agriculture to the improvement of public health, and

 

(b)    

the health and welfare of livestock.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would support greater public access to food that optimises nutritional and public

 

health outcome as well as improved animal welfare. The mechanism for achieving this will be the

 

Secretary of State publishing objectives for the agriculture sector’s contribution to the


 
 

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improvement of public health and to the health and welfare of livestock. The Secretary of State will

 

further those objectives in giving financial assistance under clause 1 of the Bill.

 

Caroline Lucas

 

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Clause  1,  page  2,  line  14,  at end insert—

 

““agri-food products” means any item of food or drink for personal

 

consumption where the items consist of or include, or have been

 

produced using (directly or indirectly, and whether or not exclusively),

 

the whole or part of—

 

(a)    

anything grown or otherwise produced in carrying on

 

agriculture, or

 

(b)    

any creature kept in carrying on agriculture, or

 

(c)    

any creature or other thing taken from the wild;

 

“community enterprises” means businesses run by a charity, social

 

enterprise, not-for-profit or co-operative organisation which is owned by,

 

endorsed by, or engaging directly with local people;”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment relates to Amendment 33 and provides definitions of agri-food products and

 

community enterprises as they relate to supporting local food strategies.

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Kerry McCarthy

 

Tim Farron

 

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Clause  1,  page  2,  line  23,  at end insert—

 

““locally produced and sold” means produced and offered for sale direct to

 

the consumer within 100 miles of the point of primary production.

 

“micro-enterprises” means non-subsidiary, independent businesses with

 

fewer than 10 employees.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment relates to Amendment 33 and provides a clear definition of “locally produced and

 

sold” to ensure that financial support given to support local food strategies is only provided for

 

local food products produced directly to consumers within 100 miles and is only available to non-

 

subsidiary, independent businesses with fewer than 10 employees or community agricultural

 

enterprises, which engage with local people.

 

Jeremy Corbyn

 

Sue Hayman

 

Dr David Drew

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

Cat Smith

 

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Clause  1,  page  2,  line  23,  at end insert—

 

“sustainably” means in a way which employs factors and practices that

 

contribute to the quality of environment on a long-term basis and avoids

 

the depletion of natural resources.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment defines “sustainably” for the purposes of Amendment 37.


 
 

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

Caroline Lucas

 

Kerry McCarthy

 

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Clause  1,  page  2,  line  23,  at end insert—

 

“the improvement of public health” includes, but is not limited to,

 

increasing the availability, affordability, diversity, quality and marketing

 

of fruit, vegetables and pulses;

 

“the health and welfare of livestock” includes, but is not limited to,

 

measures to reduce the use of farm antibiotics and related veterinary

 

products, and antibiotic resistance in harmful micro-organisms, through

 

improved animal health and improved animal welfare.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See Amendment 43.

 

Kerry McCarthy

 

Zac Goldsmith

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Darren Jones

 

Catherine West

 

John Grogan

Mr George Howarth

Mr Roger Godsiff

Dr Sarah Wollaston

Tom Brake

Anna McMorrin

Ruth George

Alex Sobel

 

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Clause  1,  page  2,  line  23,  at end insert—

 

““whole farm agroecological systems” include any whole enterprise system

 

for farming or land management which is designed to produce food and/

 

or fuel while delivering environmental and social benefits, and may

 

include organic farming.”

 


 

Angela Smith

 

Alex Cunningham

 

Kerry McCarthy

 

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Clause  2,  page  2,  line  29,  at end insert—

 

“(2A)    

The conditions will include obligations to meet any regulatory standards

 

specified by the Secretary of State relating to environmental and land

 

management practices.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would enshrine the Government’s commitment to a strong regulatory baseline in

 

the legislation. It would ensure that compliance with existing legislation and regulations is a

 

condition of receiving financial assistance, including compliance with landowner or occupier

 

obligations for public rights of way under the Highways Act 1980.

 

Helen Goodman

 

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Clause  2,  page  2,  line  29,  at end insert—

 

“(2A)    

Conditions shall include the restrictions to the eligibility of a recipient of financial

 

assistance set out in subsections (2B) and (2C).


 
 

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(2B)    

Financial assistance may only be given to individuals or groups of individuals,

 

natural or otherwise, operating land where the predominant use is agricultural as

 

defined by section 96(1) of the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986.

 

(2C)    

Financial assistance may only be made available to individuals or groups of

 

individuals, natural or otherwise, who are—

 

(a)    

in occupation of the land for which the financial assistance is being

 

claimed;

 

(b)    

taking the entrepreneurial risk for decisions made in relation to the

 

management of the land for which the financial assistance is being

 

claimed; and

 

(c)    

in day-to-day management control of the land for which the financial

 

assistance has been claimed.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure that financial assistance stays within the agricultural industry and

 

is only paid to active farmers and land managers in England.

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Tim Farron

 

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Clause  2,  page  2,  line  32,  at end insert—

 

“(3A)    

The conditions shall include a requirement that financial assistance may only be

 

given for a purpose under section 1(1) or 1(2) if the land on which any activity is

 

to be undertaken in pursuance of that purpose, and for which the financial

 

assistance is sought, is registered with Her Majesty’s Land Registry.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would improve land ownership transparency in England by placing a

 

requirement on all those seeking financial assistance under Clauses 1(1) and 1(2) to have

 

registered that land with Her Majesty’s Land Registry.

 

Kerry McCarthy

 

Caroline Lucas

 

61

 

Clause  2,  page  2,  line  32,  at end insert—

 

“(3A)    

Financial assistance may not be given under this Part to any person who in the

 

opinion of the Secretary of State is not compliant with any standards of

 

agricultural practice relating to the protection of the environment and animal

 

welfare as the Secretary of State may by regulations prescribe.

 

(3B)    

Regulations under subsection (3A) are subject to affirmative resolution

 

procedure.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would allow the Secretary of State to halt the receipt of financial assistance if

 

standards of agricultural practice relating to the protection of the environment and animal welfare

 

are not adhered to.

 

Gareth Thomas

 

32

 

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

 

“(4A)    

Financial assistance may only be given for or in connection with a purpose under

 

section 1(2) if the owner of the relevant land takes the action described in

 

subsection (4B).

 

(4B)    

The action is that the owner of the relevant land permits any person to exercise a

 

right of access to any inland waterway or lake which forms part of that land for

 

the purposes of open-air recreation, if and so long as the person—

 

(a)    

exercises that right of access responsibly, and


 
 

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(b)    

observes any restrictions which are imposed in—

 

(i)    

section 2 of,

 

(ii)    

Schedule 2 to, or

 

(iii)    

Chapter II of

 

    

the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.

 

(4C)    

A person does not exercise a right of access responsibly if their conduct while

 

exercising that right is not in accord with the provisions of any code of conduct

 

issued under section 20 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.

 

(4D)    

For the purposes of subsections (4A) and (4B), “relevant land” means land which

 

includes the land on which the activity under section 1(2) of this Act takes place

 

or is to take place, or land which includes the premises on which the activity under

 

section 1(2) of this Act takes place or is to take place, and includes any inland

 

waterway or lake.”

 

Jeremy Corbyn

 

Sue Hayman

 

Dr David Drew

 

Jenny Chapman

 

Sandy Martin

 

Thangam Debbonaire

Kerry McCarthy

 

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

 

“(4A)    

Financial assistance under subsection (1)(1)(f) for protecting or improving the

 

health or welfare of livestock shall only be given to persons who satisfy the

 

Secretary of State that they—

 

(a)    

achieve, or have undertaken to achieve, standards of animal welfare

 

which exceed the minimum requirements laid down by legislation

 

governing welfare of livestock,

 

(b)    

raise animals in such a way that enables them to carry out their natural

 

behaviours,

 

(c)    

do not subject livestock to any prohibited procedure (within the meaning

 

of section 5 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006),

 

(d)    

do not kill livestock in any place other than in a slaughterhouse unless—

 

(i)    

a veterinary surgeon has certified that this is necessary due to the

 

animal’s poor health, and

 

(ii)    

the method of killing is humane, and

 

(e)    

do not, after exit day, export animals for slaughter or fattening unless—

 

(i)    

the livestock is exported from Northern Ireland to the Republic

 

of Ireland, and

 

(ii)    

it is made a requirement of sale that the livestock shall not be re-

 

exported by the buyer.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would set minimum baseline welfare standards for the receipt of financial

 

assistance for protecting or improving the welfare of livestock.

 

Angela Smith

 

Tim Farron

 

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Clause  2,  page  2,  line  40,  at end insert—

 

“(6A)    

The Secretary of State may not delegate any function in relation to the exercising

 

of a discretion other than to a non-governmental departmental body which is


 
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