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House of Commons

 
 

Thursday 5 March 2020

 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings

 

Agriculture Bill


 

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Withdrawn after debate: moved and debated but then withdrawn, so not put to a decision.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

  
 

(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;


 
 

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

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

 


 

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


 
 

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

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?

 


 

Fifth and Sixth Sittings

 

Luke Pollard

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Ruth Jones

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

Negatived on division  1

 

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  6,  leave out “may” and insert “must”

 

Luke Pollard

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Ruth Jones

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

Negatived on division  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”

 

Luke Pollard

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Ruth Jones

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

Negatived on division  34

 

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  12,  at end insert—

 

“(ca)    

improving public health;”

 

Luke Pollard

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Ruth Jones

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

Negatived on division  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”


 
 

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

Luke Pollard

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Ruth Jones

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

Negatived on division  40

 

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  17,  at end insert “, including measures to improve the

 

standard of accommodation for farrowing sows”

 

Kerry McCarthy

 

Not called  11

 

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  24,  at end insert—

 

“(k)    

establishing, maintaining and expanding agroecological farming

 

systems, including organic farming.”

 

Kerry McCarthy

 

Negatived on division  12

 

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  28,  after “activity” insert “, provided that such assistance

 

does not contradict or undermine the purposes in section 1(1).”

 

Kerry McCarthy

 

Negatived on division  14

 

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  32,  leave out subsection (4) and insert—

 

“(4)    

In framing any financial assistance scheme, the Secretary of State must have

 

regard to—

 

(a)    

the need to encourage the production of food by producers in England

 

and its production by them in an environmentally sustainable way; and

 

(b)    

the need to ensure that all farms and horticulture units, including those

 

smaller than five hectares, can access financial assistance.”

 

Luke Pollard

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Ruth Jones

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

Not called  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”

 

Luke Pollard

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Ruth Jones

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

Not called  35

 

Clause  1,  page  3,  line  12,  at end insert—

 

““improving public health” includes—

 

(a)    

increasing the availability, affordability, diversity, quality and

 

marketing of fruit, vegetables and pulses,

 

(b)    

reducing farm antibiotic and related veterinary product use, and

 

antibiotic resistance in harmful micro-organisms, through

 

improved animal health and welfare,


 
 

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

(c)    

providing support for farmers to diversify out of domestic

 

production of foods where there may be reduced demand due to

 

public concerns over issues such as health, environment, and

 

animal welfare, and

 

(d)    

reducing harm from use of chemicals on farms, and reducing

 

pesticide residues in food;”

 

Mr Robert Goodwill

 

Withdrawn after debate  8

 

Clause  1,  page  3,  line  13,  after “kept” insert “or managed”

 

Kerry McCarthy

 

Negatived on division  13

 

Clause  1,  page  3,  line  17,  at end insert ““protecting or improving the quality of

 

soil” includes the restoration of blanket bog and other peatland habitats.”

 

Victoria Prentis

 

Agreed to  15

 

Clause  1,  page  3,  line  21,  at end insert “made by the Secretary of State”

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 


 

Seventh and Eighth Sittings

 

Luke Pollard

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Ruth Jones

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

Withdrawn after debate  63

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  2,  page  3,  line  25,  at end insert—

 

“(1A)    

The Secretary of State must by regulations make provision for establishing any

 

financial assistance scheme and setting out how it will be designed and how it will

 

operate.

 

(1B)    

No motion may be made in either House of Parliament for the approval of any

 

regulations under subsection (1A) unless—

 

(a)    

a draft of those regulations has been submitted for scrutiny by any select

 

committee of either House of Parliament which, in the opinion of the

 

Secretary of State, has a remit which includes responsibility for scrutiny

 

of financial assistance under section 1, and

 

(b)    

any such committee has expressed a view on the draft regulations.”

 

Luke Pollard

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Ruth Jones

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

Negatived on division  36

 

Clause  2,  page  3,  line  27,  at end insert—


 
 

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

“(2A)    

Financial assistance may not be given to any person who is not compliant with

 

standards set out in regulations made by the Secretary of State under section

 

[Duty and regulations governing agricultural and horticultural activity].”

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Luke Pollard

 

Ruth Jones

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

Withdrawn after debate  48

 

Clause  2,  page  3,  line  30,  at end insert—

 

“(3A)    

Financial assistance allocated to a scheme in a particular year but not spent within

 

that year may be carried over to a future year for spending on one or more

 

schemes.”

 

Victoria Prentis

 

Agreed to  16

 

Clause  2,  page  3,  line  31,  leave out from “to” to end of line 32 and insert “the maker

 

or operator of a third party scheme in connection with expenditure involved in

 

establishing or operating the scheme (including the provision of financial support)”

 

Luke Pollard

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Ruth Jones

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

Withdrawn after debate  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.”


 
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