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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

Deidre Brock

 

Dave Doogan

 

Negatived on division  NC7

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“International trade agreements: agricultural and food products

 

(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;

 

“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

 

Dave Doogan

 

Not selected  NC8

 

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,


 
 

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(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).”

 


 

Luke Pollard

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Ruth Jones

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

Negatived on division  NC9

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Duty and regulations governing agricultural and horticultural activity

 

(1)    

It shall be the duty of the Secretary of State to establish a regulatory framework

 

relating to agricultural and horticultural activity for or in connection with the

 

following purposes—

 

(a)    

the management of land or water in a way that protects or improves the

 

environment;

 

(b)    

public access to and enjoyment of the countryside, farmland or woodland

 

and better understanding of the environment;

 

(c)    

the management of land or water in a way that maintains, restores or

 

enhances cultural or natural heritage;

 

(d)    

the management of land, water or livestock in a way that mitigates or

 

adapts to climate change;

 

(e)    

the management of land or water in a way that prevents, reduces or

 

protects from environmental hazards;

 

(f)    

the protection or improvement of the health or welfare of livestock;

 

(g)    

the conservation of native livestock, native equines or genetic resources

 

relating to any such animal;

 

(h)    

the protection or improvement of the health of plants;

 

(i)    

the conservation of plants grown or used in carrying on an agricultural,

 

horticultural or forestry activity, their wild relatives or genetic resources

 

relating to any such plant; and

 

(j)    

the protection or improvement of the quality of soil.

 

(2)    

Regulations under subsection (1) must include provision about the standards to

 

which activity for or in connection with all of the purposes in subsection (1) must

 

conform.

 

(3)    

Regulations under subsection (1) may include provision about enforcement,

 

which may (among other things) include provision—

 

(a)    

about the provision of information;

 

(b)    

conferring powers of entry;

 

(c)    

conferring powers of inspection, search and seizure;

 

(d)    

about the keeping of records;

 

(e)    

imposing monetary penalties;

 

(f)    

creating summary offences punishable with a fine (or a fine not

 

exceeding an amount specified in the regulations, which must not exceed

 

level 4 on the standard scale);

 

(g)    

about appeals;


 
 

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(h)    

conferring functions (including functions involving the exercise of a

 

discretion) on a person.

 

(4)    

Regulations under this section are subject to affirmative resolution procedure.

 


 

Luke Pollard

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Ruth Jones

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

Deidre Brock

 

Negatived on division  NC10

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Import of foie gras

 

(1)    

Foie gras may not be imported into the UK.

 

(2)    

“Foie gras”, for the purposes of this section, shall mean a product derived from

 

the liver of any goose or duck which has been force-fed for the purpose of

 

enlarging its liver.”

 


 

Luke Pollard

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Ruth Jones

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

Negatived on division  NC11

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Whistleblowing: standards in abattoirs

 

(1)    

The Food Standards Act 1999 is amended as follows.

 

(2)    

After section 20 insert—

 

“20A  

Whistleblowing: standards in abattoirs

 

(1)    

The Agency shall establish a method by which a person can make a

 

qualified disclosure under section 43B(1) of the Employment Rights Act

 

1996 (as inserted by the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998) to the

 

Agency.

 

(2)    

A qualified disclosure under subsection (1) may relate to any act which,

 

in the reasonable belief of the person making the disclosure, tends to

 

show that an offence has been committed, is being committed or is likely

 

to be committed in England, Wales or Northern Ireland under—

 

(a)    

any of paragraphs 3 to 32 of Schedule 1 (additional requirements

 

for slaughterhouses) to the Welfare of Animals at the Time of

 

Killing (England) Regulations 2015 (S.I., No. 1782),

 

(b)    

any of paragraphs 3 to 32 of Schedule 1 (additional requirements

 

for slaughterhouses) to the Welfare of Animals at the Time of

 

Killing (Wales) Regulations 2014 (S.I., No. 951 (W. 92)),


 
 

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(c)    

any of paragraphs 3 to 32 of Schedule 1 (additional requirements

 

for slaughterhouses) to the Welfare of Animals at the Time of

 

Killing Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014 (Northern Ireland

 

Statutory Rules 2014 No. 107), or

 

(d)    

any of sections 4, 5 or 7 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006, in

 

relation to livestock.

 

(3)    

The Agency shall take steps to promote awareness of the method

 

established under subsection (1).

 

(4)    

The Agency may share with an enforcement authority (within the

 

meaning of section 15(2) of this Act) information received under a

 

qualified disclosure.

 

(5)    

“Livestock” shall, for the purposes of this section, have the meaning

 

given in section 1(5) of the Agriculture Act 2020.””

 


 

Luke Pollard

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Ruth Jones

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

Negatived on division  NC12

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Sow farrowing stalls

 

Sub-paragraph (2) of paragraph 6 of the Welfare of Farmed Animals (England)

 

Regulations 2007 shall be omitted.”

 


 

Luke Pollard

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Ruth Jones

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

Withdrawn after debate  NC13

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Livestock farming practices: research

 

(1)    

The Secretary of State must—

 

(a)    

conduct,

 

(b)    

commission, or

 

(c)    

assist the conduct of

 

    

research into the impact on animal welfare of highly intensive livestock farming

 

practices in England.


 
 

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(2)    

The Secretary of State, in assisting in the conduct of research under subsection

 

(1)(c), must—

 

(a)    

provide financial assistance, and

 

(b)    

make available the services of any person or other resources.”

 


 

Luke Pollard

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Ruth Jones

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

Not called  NC14

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Livestock farming practices: duty to promote research

 

The Secretary of State must promote the conduct of research into the impact on

 

animal welfare of highly intensive livestock farming practices in England.”

 


 

Luke Pollard

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Ruth Jones

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

Negatived on division  NC15

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Grouse shooting and management: review and consultation

 

(1)    

The Secretary of State must—

 

(a)    

commission an independent review of the economic, environmental and

 

wildlife impacts of driven grouse shooting, and

 

(b)    

consult on regulation of grouse moor management.

 

(2)    

The Secretary of State must make available the services of any person or other

 

resources to assist in the conduct of a review under subsection (1)(a).

 

(3)    

The Secretary of State must publish a summary of responses to the consultation

 

under sub-section (1)(b).

 

(4)    

The Secretary of State must, no later than three months from the day on which—

 

(a)    

the review commissioned under subsection (1)(a) is received, or

 

(b)    

the consultation under subsection (2) closes,

 

    

whichever is the sooner, publish a statement of future policy on grouse shooting

 

and grouse moor management.”

 



 
 

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Luke Pollard

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Ruth Jones

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

Not called  NC16

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Grouse shooting and management: review and consultation (No. 2)

 

(1)    

The Secretary of State must—

 

(a)    

undertake a review of the economic, environmental and wildlife impacts

 

of driven grouse shooting, and

 

(b)    

consult on regulation of grouse moor management.

 

(2)    

The Secretary of State must publish a summary of responses to the consultation

 

under sub-section (1)(b).

 

(3)    

The Secretary of State must, no later than three months from the day on which the

 

consultation under subsection (2) closes, publish a statement of future policy on

 

grouse shooting and grouse moor management.”

 


 

Deidre Brock

 

Dave Doogan

 

Negatived on division  NC17

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Report on agricultural payments to the Scottish Ministers

 

(1)    

The Secretary of State must, no later than one month before IP completion day,

 

lay before Parliament a statement of his or her policy on whether sums will be

 

made available to Scottish Ministers each year after IP completion day which are

 

at least equivalent to the sums made available to Scottish Ministers in the year

 

prior to IP completion day for the purpose of expenditure under—

 

(a)    

the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund, and

 

(b)    

the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development as 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.

 

(2)    

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

 

Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020.”

 



 
 

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Luke Pollard

 

Ruth Jones

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

Not called  NC18

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Financial assistance: duty to provide advice

 

(1)    

The Secretary of State must make regulations to secure the provision of training,

 

guidance and advice to persons receiving financial assistance under this Act, for

 

the purpose of enabling those persons to deliver the purpose or purposes for

 

which the financial assistance is given.

 

(2)    

Regulations under subsection (1) may include provision for advice on matters

 

which include but are not limited to—

 

(a)    

the impact of any practice upon the environment,

 

(b)    

business management, including the development of business plans,

 

(c)    

the health and welfare of livestock,

 

(d)    

the safety and health of workers in any agricultural sector,

 

(e)    

innovation, including alternative methods of pest, disease and weed

 

control,

 

(f)    

food safety, insofar as it relates to the production of food or any activity

 

in, or in close connection with, an agri-food supply chain,

 

(g)    

the operation of any mechanism for applying for, or receiving, financial

 

assistance under this Act, and

 

(h)    

marketing of any product falling within an agricultural sector under

 

Schedule 1.

 

(3)    

Regulations under this section are subject to affirmative resolution procedure.”

 


 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Luke Pollard

 

Ruth Jones

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

Negatived on division  NC19

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Report on impact of Act upon agricultural workers

 

(1)    

The Secretary of State shall, within 18 months of Royal Assent being given to this

 

Act, lay before Parliament a report containing an assessment of the impact of the

 

provisions of this Act on agricultural workers in England.

 

(2)    

The report under subsection (1) shall include assessments of the impact of the Act

 

upon each of the factors listed in subsection (3).

 

(3)    

The factors are agricultural workers’—

 

(a)    

living standards,

 

(b)    

pay,

 

(c)    

conditions of employment, and

 

(d)    

accommodation.


 
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