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Notices of Amendments

 

given up to and including

 

Tuesday 2 June 2020

 

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Public Bill Committee


 

Environment Bill


 

Note

 

This document includes all amendments tabled to date and includes any

 

withdrawn amendments at the end. The amendments have been arranged in

 

accordance with the Order of the Committee [10 March 2020]

 


 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Luke Pollard

 

Ruth Jones

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Jessica Morden

 

Abena Oppong-Asare

Thangam Debbonaire

Alex Sobel

Lloyd Russell-Moyle

 

88

 

Clause  7,  page  5,  line  7,  leave out subsection (4) and insert—

 

“(4)    

The environmental improvement plan must include, as a minimum—

 

(a)    

measures which, taken together, are likely to achieve any targets set

 

under sections 1 or 2 and will ensure that the next interim targets included

 

in the plan are met;

 

(b)    

measures that each relevant central government department must carry

 

out;

 

(c)    

measures to protect sensitive and vulnerable population groups

 

(including children, older people, people with chronic illnesses and

 

outdoor and transport workers) from the health impacts of pollution;


 
 

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Environment Bill, continued

 
 

(d)    

a timetable for adoption, implementation and review of the chosen

 

measures, and the authorities responsible for their delivery;

 

(e)    

an analysis of the options considered and their estimated impact on

 

delivering progress against the relevant targets; and

 

(f)    

measures to minimise, or where possible eliminate, the harmful impacts

 

of pollution on human health and the environment.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment looks to strengthen Environmental Improvement Plans by connecting them to;

 

measures which are proportionate to targets set out in the bill, departmental action, vulnerable

 

people, a timetable and analysis.

 

Neil Parish

 

Alex Sobel

 

112

 

Clause  7,  page  5,  line  7,  leave out subsection (4) and insert—

 

“(4)    

An environmental improvement plan must set out the steps Her Majesty’s

 

Government intends to take in the period to which the plan relates, which the

 

Secretary of State considers will—

 

(a)    

enable targets set under section 1(1) and that meet the conditions at

 

section 6(8) to be met, and

 

(b)    

make a significant contribution to meeting the environmental objectives

 

irrespective of whether targets are in place to cover all matters relating to

 

the environmental objectives.”

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Luke Pollard

 

Ruth Jones

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Jessica Morden

 

Abena Oppong-Asare

Thangam Debbonaire

Alex Sobel

Lloyd Russell-Moyle

 

87

 

Clause  7,  page  5,  line  13,  at end insert—

 

“(5A)    

It may also set out the steps Her Majesty’s Government intends to take to improve

 

the conservation of land environments of archaeological, architectural, artistic,

 

cultural or historic interest, including improving people’s enjoyment of them (and

 

if it does so references in this Part to improving the natural environment, in

 

relation to that plan, include conservation of land environments of archaeological,

 

architectural, artistic, cultural or historic interest, including improving people’s

 

enjoyment of them).”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment invites the government to consider the historic environment in environmental

 

improvement plans.

 



 
 

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Environment Bill, continued

 
 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Luke Pollard

 

Ruth Jones

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Jessica Morden

 

Abena Oppong-Asare

Thangam Debbonaire

Alex Sobel

Lloyd Russell-Moyle

 

89

 

Clause  8,  page  5,  line  32,  at end insert “and,

 

(c)    

consider biodiversity reports published by authorities under section 40A

 

of the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006 (as

 

amended by section 94 of this Act).”

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Luke Pollard

 

Ruth Jones

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Jessica Morden

 

Abena Oppong-Asare

Thangam Debbonaire

Alex Sobel

Lloyd Russell-Moyle

 

90

 

Clause  8,  page  5,  line  32,  at end insert “and,

 

(c)    

include an analysis of whether the policies and measures set out in the

 

environmental improvement plan will ensure that any targets set under

 

sections 1 and 2 and any interim targets set under sections 10 and 13 are

 

likely to be met.”

 


 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Luke Pollard

 

Ruth Jones

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Jessica Morden

 

Abena Oppong-Asare

Thangam Debbonaire

Alex Sobel

Lloyd Russell-Moyle

 

91

 

Clause  16,  page  10,  line  6,  leave out “proportionately”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment removes ministerial estimates of proportionality as a limitation on the policy

 

statement on environmental principles.

 



 
 

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Environment Bill, continued

 
 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Luke Pollard

 

Ruth Jones

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Jessica Morden

 

Abena Oppong-Asare

Thangam Debbonaire

Alex Sobel

Lloyd Russell-Moyle

 

92

 

Clause  18,  page  11,  line  13,  leave out subsection (2)

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment removes the proportionality limitation on the requirement to consider the policy

 

statement on environmental principles.

 

Deidre Brock

 

114

 

Clause  18,  page  11,  line  19,  leave out paragraph (a)

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment removes the exceptions for armed forces, defence and national security policy

 

from the requirement to have due regard to the policy statement on environmental principles.

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Luke Pollard

 

Ruth Jones

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Jessica Morden

 

Abena Oppong-Asare

Thangam Debbonaire

Alex Sobel

Lloyd Russell-Moyle

 

93

 

Clause  18,  page  11,  line  19,  leave out “the armed forces, defence or”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment removes the exceptions for armed forces and defence policy from the requirement

 

to have due regard to the policy statement on environmental principles.

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Luke Pollard

 

Ruth Jones

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Jessica Morden

 

Abena Oppong-Asare

Thangam Debbonaire

Deidre Brock

Alex Sobel

Lloyd Russell-Moyle

 

94

 

Clause  18,  page  11,  line  20,  leave out paragraph (b)

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment removes the exceptions for tax, spending and resources from the requirement to

 

have due regard to the policy statement on environmental principles.

 



 
 

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Environment Bill, continued

 
 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Luke Pollard

 

Ruth Jones

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Jessica Morden

 

Abena Oppong-Asare

Thangam Debbonaire

Alex Sobel

Lloyd Russell-Moyle

 

95

 

Clause  20,  page  12,  line  32,  at end insert—

 

“(7)    

The Secretary of State must—

 

(a)    

keep under consideration whether there are any steps which they could

 

take which would or might secure better or further effect full compliance

 

with the Aarhus Convention, and

 

(b)    

if they consider it appropriate to do so, take any of the steps identified by

 

that consideration.

 

(8)    

A report under this section must set out what steps have been taken during the

 

reporting period to secure better or further effect full compliance with the Aarhus

 

Convention and what steps the Secretary of State intends to take during the next

 

reporting period to that effect.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment requires the Secretary of State to consider what steps may be taken to improve

 

compliance with the UNECE Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in

 

Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters and, if they consider it

 

appropriate to do so, to take those steps.

 


 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Luke Pollard

 

Ruth Jones

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Jessica Morden

 

Abena Oppong-Asare

Thangam Debbonaire

Lloyd Russell-Moyle

 

179

 

Schedule  1,  page  121,  line  16,  at end insert “with the consent of the Environmental

 

Audit and Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committees of the House of Commons”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would require the appointment of the Chair and other non-executive members of

 

the Office for Environmental Protection to be made with the consent of the relevant select

 

committees.

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Luke Pollard

 

Ruth Jones

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

Abena Oppong-Asare

Jessica Morden

Alex Sobel

Lloyd Russell-Moyle

 

15

 

Schedule  1,  page  122,  line  5,  leave out “may” and insert “must”


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 2 June 2020                     

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Environment Bill, continued

 
 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Luke Pollard

 

Ruth Jones

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Jessica Morden

 

Thangam Debbonaire

Abena Oppong-Asare

Lloyd Russell-Moyle

 

154

 

Schedule  1,  page  122,  line  11,  leave out sub-paragraph (3)

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment prevents the Government from giving directions to the interim chief executive of

 

the OEP.

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Luke Pollard

 

Ruth Jones

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Jessica Morden

 

Thangam Debbonaire

Abena Oppong-Asare

Lloyd Russell-Moyle

 

155

 

Schedule  1,  page  122,  line  15,  at end insert “;but an appointment may be made in

 

reliance on this sub-paragraph only with the approval of the Chair.”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment requires the Chair’s approval for civil servants or other external persons as

 

interim chief executive of the OEP.

 

Deidre Brock

 

188

 

Schedule  1,  page  124,  line  26,  at end insert—

 

“10A      

Where the function is being exercised in relation to Scotland or in Scotland the

 

OEP must—

 

(a)    

delegate the function to an environmental governance body designated

 

by the Scottish Ministers, and

 

(b)    

provide the resources for that function to be exercised.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment aims to introduce the geographical imperative to ensure clear lines of reporting

 

and response in Scotland and to clarify that the body acting in Scotland will be acting with consent

 

of Scottish Ministers, thus respecting the devolution settlement.

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Luke Pollard

 

Ruth Jones

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Jessica Morden

 

Thangam Debbonaire

Abena Oppong-Asare

Lloyd Russell-Moyle

 

157

 

Schedule  1,  page  124,  line  40,  at end insert—

 

“12A (1)  

At the start of each five-year period, the Secretary of State must publish and

 

lay before Parliament an indicative five-year budget for the OEP.

 

      (2)  

In sub-paragraph (1) “five-year period” means—


 
 

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(a)    

the period of five financial years beginning with the financial year that

 

begins after the commencement of this Schedule, and

 

(b)    

each subsequent period of five financial years.

 

12B      

If the OEP requests additional funding, due to a change in the nature or extent

 

of its functions, the Secretary of State must publish and lay before Parliament

 

a statement responding to the request.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment requires the OEP to be given a five-year indicative budget, and allows it to

 

request in-budget increases.

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Luke Pollard

 

Ruth Jones

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Jessica Morden

 

Thangam Debbonaire

Abena Oppong-Asare

Lloyd Russell-Moyle

 

156

 

Schedule  1,  page  126,  line  2,  leave out “have regard to the need to”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment makes the independence of the OEP an absolute requirement.

 


 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Luke Pollard

 

Ruth Jones

 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Jessica Morden

 

Abena Oppong-Asare

Thangam Debbonaire

Alex Sobel

Lloyd Russell-Moyle

 

97

 

Clause  22,  page  13,  line  8,  at end insert—

 

“(c)    

respect, protect and fulfil the rights contained in the UNECE Convention

 

on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and

 

Access to Justice in Environmental Matters.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment requires the OEP to oversee implementation of the UNECE Convention on Access

 

to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental

 

Matters.

 

Deidre Brock

 

189

 

Clause  22,  page  13,  line  16,  leave out subsection (5)

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment removes the restriction on the OEP overlapping with the Committee on Climate

 

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