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House of Commons

 
 

Notices of Amendments

 

given up to and including

 

Wednesday 5 February 2020

 

New Amendments handed in are marked thus Parliamentary Star

 

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Public Bill Committee


 

Agriculture Bill


 

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withdrawn amendments at the end.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.

 


 

George Eustice

 

That, subject to the discretion of the Chair, any written evidence received by the

 

Committee shall be reported to the House for publication.

 

 


 

George Eustice

 

That, at this and any subsequent meeting at which oral evidence is to be heard, the

 

Committee shall sit in private until the witnesses are admitted.

 



 
 

Notices of Amendments: 5 February 2020                  

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

Luke Pollard

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Ruth Jones

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

1

 

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  6,  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.

 

Luke Pollard

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Ruth Jones

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

2

 

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

 

“(aa)    

supporting agriculture and horticulture businesses in enabling public

 

access to healthy food that is farmed in an environmentally sustainable

 

way, 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.

 

Luke Pollard

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Ruth Jones

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

6

 

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  13,  after “(d)” insert “limiting greenhouse gas emissions

 

from agriculture or horticulture or encouraging activities that reduce such emissions or

 

remove greenhouse gas from the atmosphere, or otherwise”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment explicitly provides for limiting and reducing greenhouse gas emissions to be one

 

of the purposes for which financial assistance is given.

 

Luke Pollard

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Ruth Jones

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

3

 

Clause  1,  page  3,  line  6,  at end insert ““environmentally sustainable way” 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 “environmentally sustainable way” for the purposes of clause 1(4) and

 

Amendment 2.

 



 
 

Notices of Amendments: 5 February 2020                  

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

Luke Pollard

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Ruth Jones

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

4

 

Clause  2,  page  3,  line  32,  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 a person who satisfies 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 IP completion 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.

 

Luke Pollard

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Ruth Jones

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

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Clause  2,  page  4,  line  5,  after “section” insert—

 

““fattening” means the keeping of livestock for the purpose of the livestock

 

gaining weight in preparation for slaughter,

 

“humane” shall be interpreted in accordance with paragraph 4 of Schedule

 

4 to the Welfare of Animals at the Time of Killing (England) Regulations

 

2015,

 

“livestock” has the meaning given in section 1(5) of this Act,

 

“IP completion day” has the meaning given in section 39 of the European

 

Union (Withdrawal) Act 2020, and”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential on Amendment 4.

 



 
 

Notices of Amendments: 5 February 2020                  

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

Fiona Bruce

 

Julian Sturdy

 

Neil Parish

 

Derek Thomas

 

Philip Dunne

 

Simon Hoare

Tim Farron

 

7

 

Clause  17,  page  14,  line  20,  leave out “five years” and insert “year”

 


 

Luke Pollard

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Ruth Jones

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

NC1

 

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(5),

 

(b)    

any plants or seeds, within the meaning of section 22(6),

 

(c)    

any product derived from livestock, plants or seeds.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This new clause would set a requirement for imported agricultural goods to meet animal welfare,

 

environmental and food safety standards which are at least as high as those which apply to UK

 

produced agricultural goods.

 


 

Luke Pollard

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Ruth Jones

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

NC2

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Annual assessment of funding for purposes

 

(1)    

The Secretary of State must report on financial assistance for each purpose listed

 

in section 1.


 
 

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

(2)    

A report under subsection (1) must be made for each financial year and must be

 

laid before both Houses of Parliament no later than 31 October in the financial

 

year following the financial year to which the report relates.

 

(3)    

The first report shall be made by 31 October 2021 and shall relate to financial

 

assistance in the 2020-21 financial year.

 

(4)    

A report under this section must record, on the basis of best data available—

 

(a)    

the total sum of financial assistance for each purpose in section 1,

 

(b)    

the source of any element of financial assistance under subparagraph (a)

 

which comes from public funds, and

 

(c)    

the sums from each source under subparagraph (b).

 

(5)    

The Secretary of State must include in each report under this section—

 

(a)    

a statement of their opinion on whether any sum recorded under

 

subsection (4)(a) is sufficient to meet their policy objectives in relation

 

to each purpose; and (b) a statement of the Secretary of State’s intentions

 

if, in their opinion, a sum recorded under subsection (4)(a) was not

 

sufficient to meet their policy objectives in relation to a purpose.

 

(6)    

For the purposes of this section, “financial assistance” means financial assistance

 

either allocated or given in any form listed in section 2(1).”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

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

 

given or allocated to each of the purposes of the Bill, on its sufficiency to meet policy objectives

 

and on the Secretary of State’s intentions if in their opinion funding for any purpose was not

 

sufficient.

 

 

Order of the House [3 February 2020]

 

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 10 March 2020.

 

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 05 February 2020