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House of Commons

 
 

Notices of Amendments

 

given up to and including

 

Tuesday 27 November 2018

 

New Amendments handed in are marked thus Parliamentary Star

 

Parliamentary Star - whiteAmendments which will comply with the required notice period at their next appearance

 

Amendments tabled since the last publication: 12 and NC4

 

Consideration of Bill (Report Stage)


 

Agriculture Bill, As Amended


 

Note

 

This document includes all amendments tabled to date and includes any

 

withdrawn amendments at the end. The amendments have been arranged in the

 

order in which they relate to the Bill.

 

 


 

Kerry McCarthy

 

Martin Whitfield

 

Darren Jones

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Mary Creagh

 

Alex Sobel

Stella Creasy

Stephen Timms

Ian Murray

Tonia Antoniazzi

Matt Western

Ruth Cadbury

Dr Rupa Huq

Mr David Lammy

Catherine West

Angela Smith

Daniel Zeichner

Stephen Doughty

Kate Green

Debbie Abrahams

Owen Smith

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

NC1

 

To move the following Clause—


 
 

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“Ratification of international trade agreements

 

(1)    

An international trade agreement shall not be ratified unless it enables the United

 

Kingdom to require imports to—

 

(a)    

comply with the standards laid down by primary and subordinate

 

legislation in the United Kingdom regarding food safety, the

 

environment and animal welfare, or

 

(b)    

have been produced to standards that are no lower than the legislative

 

standards of the United Kingdom in protecting food safety, the

 

environment and animal welfare.

 

(2)    

In this section “international trade agreement” has the same meaning as in section

 

2(2) of the Trade Act 2018.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This new clause would prevent the Government from entering into trade agreements that allow

 

food imports that do not meet the UK’s environmental, animal welfare and food safety standards.

 


 

Neil Parish

 

NC2

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Agriculture: definition and principles

 

(1)    

For the purposes of this Act, agriculture shall be taken to mean any activity which

 

entails the cultivation of land or plants or the breeding of animals to provide food,

 

fuel or other products to sustain life.

 

(2)    

Agriculture shall include—

 

(a)    

arable farming,

 

(b)    

animal husbandry,

 

(c)    

horticulture, and

 

(d)    

forestry.

 

(3)    

Agriculture shall be undertaken in accordance with the principles of—

 

(a)    

increasing production and productivity,

 

(b)    

achieving security of food supply, and

 

(c)    

providing consumers with food at reasonable prices with a fair price for

 

the farmer.

 

(4)    

Any person undertaking an agricultural activity shall, as far as possible, pay

 

regard to the development of new technology and practices in promoting the

 

principles under subsection (3).”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This new clause would clearly define what agriculture is and would enshrine the concept of

 

agriculture in the legislation.

 



 
 

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Neil Parish

 

NC3

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Level of food production: duty on Secretary of State

 

    

It shall be the duty of the Secretary of State to ensure that food production in

 

England does not fall to a level which puts at risk the supply of food to the

 

population.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This new clause would protect food security and ensure its affordability for the population. This

 

includes ensuring that enough home-grown food is produced if the UK experiences tensions with

 

trading partners.

 


 

Neil Parish

 

NC4

 

Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Import of agricultural goods

 

(1)    

Agricultural goods may be imported into the UK only if the standards to which

 

those goods were produced were as high as, or higher than, standards which at the

 

time of import applied under UK law relating to—

 

(a)    

animal welfare,

 

(b)    

protection of the environment, and

 

(c)    

food safety.

 

(2)    

“Agricultural goods”, for the purposes of this section, means—

 

(a)    

any livestock within the meaning of section 1(4),

 

(b)    

any plants or seeds, within the meaning of section 15(6),

 

(c)    

any product derived from livestock, plants or seeds.”

 

 


 

Caroline Lucas

 

11

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

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

 

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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Kerry McCarthy

 

Zac Goldsmith

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Darren Jones

 

1

 

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

 

“(h)    

establishing and maintaining whole farm agroecological systems.”

 

Angela Smith

 

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.

 

Neil Parish

 

4

 

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

 

Angela Smith

 

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.

 

Kerry McCarthy

 

Zac Goldsmith

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Darren Jones

 

2

 

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.”

 



 
 

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

Neil Parish

 

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Clause  4,  page  4,  line  14,  at end insert—

 

“(d)    

a payment to farmers in return for enhanced food production.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure that farmers are entitled to a new basic payment scheme, which

 

would encourage greater food production.

 


 

Neil Parish

 

7

 

Clause  9,  page  7,  line  24,  at end insert—

 

“(8A)    

The Secretary of State may, after having taken steps to phase out direct payments

 

under the basic payment scheme, reinstitute direct payments if he or she is

 

satisfied that—

 

(a)    

to do so would be in the interests of those persons who formerly received

 

direct payments, and

 

(b)    

any of the criteria under subsection (8B) are met.

 

(8B)    

The criteria for the purposes of subsection (8A) are—

 

(a)    

market failure,

 

(b)    

adverse weather conditions, and

 

(c)    

threat of disease to crops or livestock or to human health.”

 

Angela Smith

 

8

 

Clause  9,  page  6,  line  29,  at end insert—

 

“(2A)    

If any reduction in direct payments under the basic payment scheme is made

 

during the agricultural transition period, a sum equivalent to the amount of any

 

reduction in those payments must be made available for the purpose of giving

 

financial assistance under section 1(1) or 1(2) of this Act.

 

(2B)    

When phasing out direct payments under this section, the Secretary of State shall

 

have regard to the extent to which the power to give financial assistance under

 

section 1 has been exercised.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure that any cuts to the Basic Payment Scheme as part of the

 

agricultural transition period fund improvements in productivity measures for the agricultural

 

industry alongside payments for public goods. It would also ensure that the Secretary of State is

 

taking into account the availability of new schemes when reducing direct payments.

 


 

Neil Parish

 

12

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  36,  page  27,  line  29,  at end insert—

 

“(2)    

No payment may be made under this Act unless the Secretary of State has made

 

regulations in accordance with subsection (3) to implement a multiannual

 

financial framework setting out the sums available under Parts 1 and 2 of this Act

 

during the agricultural transition period.


 
 

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

(3)    

Regulations made under subsection (2) shall be made before the beginning of the

 

agricultural transition period and shall be subject to affirmative resolution

 

procedure.”

 


 

Neil Parish

 

3

 

Title,  line  1,  after “purposes;” insert “to encourage, maintain and enhance home-grown

 

food production; to protect the UK’s food security;”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is linked to New Clause 2 and Amendments 4 and 6 which would aim to include

 

the importance of food production and of encouraging food production on the face of the bill and

 

to highlight the importance of food security in post-Brexit farming policy.

 

 

Order of the House [10 OCTOBER 2018]

 

That the following provisions shall apply to the Agriculture Bill:

 

Committal

 

1.    

The Bill shall be committed to a Public Bill Committee.

 

Proceedings in Public Bill Committee

 

2.    

Proceedings in the Public Bill Committee shall (so far as not previously

 

concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Tuesday 20 November 2018.

 

3.    

The Public Bill Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on

 

which it meets.

 

Proceedings on Consideration and up to and including Third Reading

 

4.    

Proceedings on Consideration and any proceedings in legislative grand

 

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

 

conclusion one hour before the moment of interruption on the day on which

 

proceedings on Consideration are commenced.

 

5.    

Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be

 

brought to a conclusion at the moment of interruption on that day.

 

6.    

Standing Order No. 83B (Programming committees) shall not apply to

 

proceedings on Consideration and up to and including Third Reading.

 

Other proceedings

 

7.    

Any other proceedings on the Bill may be programmed.

 


 

 

Revised 27 November 2018