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Notices of Amendments

 

given up to and including

 

Wednesday 28 November 2018

 

New Amendments handed in are marked thus Parliamentary Star

 

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Amendments tabled since the last publication: 13 to 27 and NC5 to NC7

 

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withdrawn amendments at the end.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

 

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 - white    

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.”

 


 

Deidre Brock

 

NC5

 

Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Quality schemes for agricultural products and foodstuffs

 

(1)    

Subsection (2) applies to any function of the Secretary of State under—

 

(a)    

Regulation (EU) No 1151/2012 of the European Parliament and of the

 

Council of 21 November 2012 on quality schemes for agricultural

 

products and foodstuffs (“the EU Regulation”),

 

(b)    

the delegated and implementing Regulations,

 

(c)    

any regulations made by the Secretary of State under the EU Regulation,

 

and

 

(d)    

any regulations made under section 2(2) of the European Communities

 

Act 1972 relating to the enforcement of the EU Regulation or the

 

delegated and implementing Regulations.


 
 

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(2)    

The Secretary of State may exercise the function only with the consent of the

 

Scottish Ministers.

 

(3)    

In subsection (1), the “delegated and implementing Regulations” means—

 

(a)    

Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 664/2014 supplementing

 

the EU Regulation with regard to the establishment of Union symbols for

 

protected designations of origin, protected geographical indications and

 

traditional specialities guaranteed and with regard to certain rules on

 

sourcing, certain procedural rules and certain additional transitional

 

rules,

 

(b)    

Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 665/2014 supplementing

 

the EU Regulation with regard to conditions of use of the quality term

 

“mountain product”, and

 

(c)    

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 668/2014 laying down

 

rules for the application of the EU Regulation.

 

(4)    

The references in subsection (1) to the EU Regulation and the delegated and

 

implementing Regulations are to those instruments—

 

(a)    

as they have effect in domestic law by virtue of the European Union

 

(Withdrawal) Act 2018, and

 

(b)    

as amended from time to time whether by virtue of that Act or

 

otherwise.”

 


 

Deidre Brock

 

NC6

 

Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“International trade agreements

 

(1)    

A Minister of the Crown may not lay a copy of an international trade agreement

 

before Parliament under section 20(1) of the Constitutional Reform and

 

Governance Act 2010 unless the agreement—

 

(a)    

includes an affirmation of the United Kingdom’s rights and obligations

 

under the SPS Agreement, and

 

(b)    

prohibits the importation into the United Kingdom of agricultural and

 

food products in relation to which the relevant standards are lower than

 

the relevant standards in the United Kingdom.

 

(2)    

In subsection (1)—

 

“international trade agreement” means—

 

(a)    

an agreement that is or was notifiable under—

 

(i)    

paragraph 7(a) of Article XXIV of the General

 

Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, part of Annex 1A to the

 

WTO Agreement (as modified from time to time), or

 

(ii)    

paragraph 7(a) of Article V of the General Agreement on

 

Trade in Services, part of Annex 1B to the WTO

 

Agreement (as modified from time to time), or

 

(b)    

an international agreement that mainly relates to trade, other than

 

an agreement mentioned in sub-paragraph (i) or (ii);

 

“Minister of the Crown” has the same meaning as in the Ministers of the

 

Crown Act 1975;


 
 

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“relevant standards” means standards relating to environmental protection,

 

plant health and animal welfare applying in connection with the

 

production of agricultural and food products;

 

“SPS Agreement” means the agreement on the Application of Sanitary and

 

Phytosanitary Measures, part of Annex 1A to the WTO Agreement (as

 

modified from time to time);

 

“WTO Agreement” means the agreement establishing the World Trade

 

Organisation signed at Marrakesh on 15 April 1994.”

 


 

Deidre Brock

 

NC7

 

Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Agricultural payments to the Scottish Ministers

 

    

After exit day, the Secretary of State must make available to the Scottish

 

Ministers each year sums which are at least equivalent to the sums made available

 

to the Scottish Ministers in the year prior to exit day for the purpose of

 

expenditure under—

 

(a)    

the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund, and

 

(b)    

the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development,

 

    

(both established under Article 3 of Regulation (EU) No 1306/2013 of the

 

European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 on the financing,

 

management and monitoring of the common agricultural policy).”

 

 


 

Caroline Lucas

 

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

 

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.”

 


 

Angela Smith

 

13

 

Parliamentary Star    

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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authorised to operate throughout England and which, in the opinion of the

 

Secretary of State, has the necessary expertise.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure that all financial assistance is provided directly to individual

 

businesses by national government or their agencies, rather than through organisations with

 

limited geographic coverage or expertise which could lead to inconsistency of approach,

 

increased administration costs and lack of transparency. It would not prevent these organisations

 

being involved in setting of local priorities or the development of collaborative landscape scale

 

projects.

 


 

Neil Parish

 

6

 

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.

 


 

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

 

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.


 
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