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Notices of Amendments: 5 December 2018                  

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(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.”

 

 


 

Caroline Lucas

 

Dr Sarah Wollaston

 

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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

 

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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

 

Dr Sarah Wollaston

 

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

 

“(h)    

establishing and maintaining whole farm agroecological systems.”

 

Angela Smith

 

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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

 

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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.

 

Neil Parish

 

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

 

Angela Smith

 

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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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Kerry McCarthy

 

Zac Goldsmith

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Darren Jones

 

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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

 

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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.

 

Caroline Lucas

 

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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.

 

Angela Smith

 

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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

 

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

 

Secretary of State, has the necessary expertise.”


 
 

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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

 

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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.

 


 

Angela Smith

 

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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

 

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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,


 
 

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(b)    

adverse weather conditions, and

 

(c)    

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

 


 

Deidre Brock

 

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Clause  24,  page  17,  line  40,  leave out “to the Secretary of State”

 

Deidre Brock

 

15

 

Clause  24,  page  18,  line  12,  leave out “to the Secretary of State”

 

Deidre Brock

 

16

 

Clause  24,  page  18,  line  20,  leave out “to the Secretary of State”

 

Deidre Brock

 

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Clause  24,  page  18,  line  38,  at end insert—

 

“(6A)    

An application under subsection (1), (3) or (5) is to be made to and determined

 

by—

 

(a)    

the appropriate authority for the part of the United Kingdom in which the

 

applicant has its registered office or principal place of business, or

 

(b)    

where the applicant is made up of producers, producer organisations or,

 

as the case may be, businesses operating in more than one part of the

 

United Kingdom, the appropriate authority for any of those parts.”

 

Deidre Brock

 

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Clause  24,  page  18,  line  45,  leave out “The Secretary of State” and insert “The

 

appropriate authority to which an application is made under this section”

 

Deidre Brock

 

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Clause  24,  page  19,  line  11,  at end insert—

 

““appropriate authority” means—

 

(a)    

in relation to England, Wales or Northern Ireland, the Secretary

 

of State,

 

(b)    

in relation to Scotland, the Scottish Ministers;”

 


 

Deidre Brock

 

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Clause  25,  page  19,  line  36,  leave out “the Secretary of State” and insert “an

 

appropriate authority (within the meaning given in section 24(11))”

 



 
 

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Deidre Brock

 

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Clause  26,  page  20,  line  3,  leave out “the Secretary of State” and insert “an

 

appropriate authority (within the meaning given in section 24(11))”

 

Deidre Brock

 

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Clause  26,  page  20,  line  14,  at end insert—

 

“(2A)    

Regulations under section 24 or 25 containing provision that extends to Scotland

 

may be made only with the consent of the Scottish Ministers.”

 


 

Deidre Brock

 

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Clause  27,  page  20,  line  33,  at end insert—

 

“(1A)    

Regulations under this section containing provision that extends to Scotland may

 

be made only with the consent of the Scottish Ministers.”

 

Deidre Brock

 

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Clause  27,  page  21,  line  34,  at end insert—

 

“(9A)    

Before making regulations under this section, the Secretary of State must consult

 

persons—

 

(a)    

who are representative of—

 

(i)    

producers of, or

 

(ii)    

first purchasers of,

 

    

the agricultural products to which the regulations will apply, or

 

(b)    

who may otherwise be affected by the regulations.”

 


 

Deidre Brock

 

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Clause  28,  page  22,  line  5,  at end insert—

 

“(1A)    

Regulations under this section containing provision that extends to Scotland may

 

be made only with the consent of the Scottish Ministers.”

 

Deidre Brock

 

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Clause  28,  page  22,  line  13,  leave out from “support” to end of line 15

 

Deidre Brock

 

27

 

Clause  28,  page  22,  line  39,  leave out subsection (6)

 



 
 

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Neil Parish

 

Kerry McCarthy

 

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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.

 

(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

 

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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.

 


 
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