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House of Commons

 
 

Thursday 13 February 2020

 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings

 

Agriculture Bill


 

[First to Fourth Sittings]


 

Glossary

 

This document shows the fate of each clause, schedule, amendment and new clause.

 

The following terms are used:

 

Agreed to: agreed without a vote.

 

Agreed to on division: agreed following a vote.

 

Negatived: rejected without a vote.

 

Negatived on division: rejected following a vote.

 

Not called: debated in a group of amendments, but not put to a decision.

 

Not moved: not debated or put to a decision.

 

Question proposed: debate underway but not concluded.

 

Withdrawn after debate: moved and debated but then withdrawn, so not put to a decision.

 

Not selected: not chosen for debate by the Chair.

 

 


 

First and Second Sittings

 

George Eustice

 

Agreed to

 

That—

 

(1)  

the Committee shall (in addition to its first meeting at 9.25 am on Tuesday 11

 

February) meet—

 

(a)  

at 2.00 pm on Tuesday 11 February; 

 

(b)  

at 11.30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 13 February;

 

(c)  

at 9.25 am and 2.00 pm on Tuesday 25 February;

 

(d)  

at 11.30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 27 February;

 

(e)  

at 9.25 am and 2.00 pm on Tuesday 3 March;

 

(f)  

at 11.30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 5 March;

 

(g)  

at 9.25 am and 2.00 pm on Tuesday 10 March;


 
 

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

(2)  

the Committee shall hear oral evidence in accordance with the following

 

Table:

 

TABLE

 

Date

Time

Witness

 
 

Tuesday 11 February

Until no later than

Nature Friendly Farming

 
  

10.30 am

Network; Farmwel; LEAF;

 
   

British Growers Association

 
 

Tuesday 11 February

Until no later than

RSPB; RSPCA; Rare Breed

 
  

11.25 am

Survival Trust; Traceability

 
   

Design User Group;

 
   

Livestock Information Ltd

 
 

Tuesday 11 February

Until no later than

Ulster Farmers Union;

 
  

2.30 pm

DAERA

 
 

Tuesday 11 February

Until no later than

NFU; National Federation of

 
  

3.00 pm

Young Farmers Clubs

 
 

Tuesday 11 February

Until no later than

Cooperatives UK

 
  

3.30 pm

  
 

Tuesday 11 February

Until no later than

Campaign to Protect Rural

 
  

4.15 pm

England; Kings Crops; Holkham

 
   

Estate

 
 

Tuesday 11 February

Until no later than

Country Land and Business

 
  

5.00 pm

Association; Tenant Farmers

 
   

Association

 
 

Thursday 13

Until no later than

NFU Cymru; Farmers’ Union of

 
 

February

12.15 pm

Wales; Welsh Government

 
 

Thursday 13

Until no later than

Soil Association

 
 

February

1.00 pm

  
 

Thursday 13

Until no later than

NFU Scotland; Quality Meat

 
 

February

2.30 pm

Scotland; Scottish Government

 
 

Thursday 13

Until no later than

George Monbiot, The Guardian

 
 

February

3.00 pm

  
 

Thursday 13

Until no later than

Professor Bill Keevil, University

 
 

February

3.30 pm

of Southampton

 
 

Thursday 13

Until no later than

Unite; Landworkers Alliance

 
 

February

4.00 pm

  
 

Thursday 13

Until no later than

Sustain; Compassion in World

 
 

February

4.30 pm

Farming

 
 

Thursday 13

Until no later than

Which?

 
 

February

5.00 pm

  

 
 

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

(3)  

proceedings on consideration of the Bill in Committee shall be taken in the

 

following order: Clauses 1 to 28; Schedule 1; Clause 29; Schedule 2; Clauses

 

30 to 34; Schedule 3; Clause 35; Schedule 4; Clauses 36 to 43; Schedule 5;

 

Clauses 44 and 45; Schedule 6; Clauses 46 to 49; Schedule 7; Clauses 50 to

 

54; new Clauses; new Schedules; remaining proceedings on the Bill;

 

(4)  

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

 

conclusion at 5.00 pm on Tuesday 10 March.

 


 

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.

 

 

Agreed to

 


 

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.

 

Agreed to

 


 

The following witnesses gave oral evidence:

 

Martin Lines, Chair, Nature Friendly Farming Network; Ffinlo Costain, Farmwel; Caroline

 

Drummond MBE, Chief Executive, LEAF; and Jack Ward, Chief Executive, British Growers

 

Association

 

Thomas Lancaster, Principal Policy Officer, Agriculture, RSPB; David Bowles, Head of Public

 

Affairs, RSPCA; Christopher Price, CEO, Rare Breeds Survival Trust; John Cross, Chair,

 

Traceability Design User Group; and Simon Hall, Managing Director, Livestock Information Ltd

 

Ivor Ferguson, President, Ulster Farmers’ Union; and Norman Fulton, Deputy Secretary (Food

 

and Farming Group), DAERA

 

Nick von Westenholz, Director of EU Exit and International Trade, NFU; and David Goodwin,

 

Agriculture Chairman, National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs

 

Richard Self, Agriculture Manager, Cooperatives UK

 

Graeme Willis, Policy and Technical Expert, Campaign to Protect Rural England; Jim Egan,

 

Technical Adviser, Kings Crops; and Jake Fiennes, General Manager (Conservation), Holkham

 

Estate

 

Judicaelle Hammond, Director of Policy, Country Land and Business Association; and George

 

Dunn, CEO, Tenant Farmers Association

 



 
 

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

Third and Fourth Sittings

 

The following witnesses gave oral evidence:

 

Dr Nick Fenwick, Head of Policy, Farmers Union of Wales; John Davies, President, and Huw

 

Thomas, Political Adviser, National Farmers Union Cymru; Tim Render, Welsh Government

 

Gareth Morgan, Head of Policy, Farming and Land Use, Soil Association

 

Jonnie Hall, Director of Policy, NFU Scotland; Alan Clarke, Chief Executive, Quality Meat

 

Scotland; and George Burgess, Deputy Director, Trade Policy, Food & Drink, Scottish

 

Government

 

George Monbiot

 

Professor Bill Keevil, Professor of Environmental Healthcare within School of Biological

 

Sciences, University of Southampton

 

Diana Holland, Assistant General Secretary (responsible for Food, Drink and Agriculture),

 

UNITE; Jyoti Fernandes, Campaigns and Policy Co-ordinator, Landworkers Alliance

 

Vicki Hird, Campaign Co-ordinator, Food and Farming Policy, Sustain; James West, Senior

 

Policy Manager, and Dr Nick Palmer, Head, Compassion in World Farming

 

Sue Davies MBE, Head of Consumer Protection and Food Policy, Which?

 


 

 

Revised 25 February 2020