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Notices of Amendments

 

given up to and including

 

Wednesday 25 March 2020

 

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Amendments tabled since the last publication: NC4

 

Consideration of Bill (Report Stage)


 

Agriculture Bill, As Amended


 

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withdrawn amendments at the end.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.

 

 


 

Simon Hoare

 

Anne Marie Morris

 

Dr Neil Hudson

 

Peter Aldous

 

Kerry McCarthy

 

Andrew Selous

Stephen Farry

Julian Sturdy

Ben Lake

Fiona Bruce

Caroline Lucas

 

NC1

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Import of agricultural goods after IP completion day

 

(1)    

After IP completion day, agricultural goods imported under a free trade

 

agreement 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—


 
 

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

(a)    

animal welfare,

 

(b)    

protection of the environment,

 

(c)    

food safety, hygiene and traceability, and

 

(d)    

plant health.

 

(2)    

The Secretary of State must prepare a register of UK production standards, to be

 

updated annually, to which goods imported under subsection (1) would have to

 

adhere.

 

(3)    

“Agricultural goods” for the purposes of this section, mean—

 

(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.

 

(4)    

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

 

(Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020.”

 


 

Neil Parish

 

Mary Glindon

 

Mrs Sheryll Murray

 

Rosie Duffield

 

Julian Sturdy

 

Geraint Davies

Dr Neil Hudson

Caroline Lucas

 

NC2

 

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 that contains provisions relating to the importation of

 

agricultural and food products into the UK unless they have first made a statement

 

confirming that—

 

(a)    

the agreement contains an affirmation of the United Kingdom’s rights

 

and obligations under the World Trade Organisation Sanitary and

 

Phytosanitary Agreement, and

 

(b)    

any agricultural or food product imported into the UK under the

 

agreement will have been produced or processed according to standards

 

which are equivalent to, or which exceed, the relevant domestic standards

 

and regulations in relation to—

 

(i)    

animal health and welfare,

 

(ii)    

plant health, and

 

(iii)    

environmental protection.

 

(2)    

A statement under subsection (1) shall be laid before each House of Parliament.

 

(3)    

Before the first statement under subsection (1) may be made, the Secretary of

 

State must by regulations specify—

 

(a)    

the process by which the Secretary of State will determine—

 

(i)    

that the standards to which any agricultural or food product

 

imported into the UK under a trade agreement is produced or

 

processed are equivalent to, or exceed, the relevant domestic


 
 

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standards and regulations in relation to animal health and

 

welfare, plant health and environmental protection, and

 

(ii)    

that the enforcement of standards in relation to any product under

 

sub-paragraph (3)(a)(i) is at least as effective as the enforcement

 

of the equivalent domestic standards and regulations in the UK;

 

(b)    

the “relevant domestic standards and regulations” for the purposes of

 

subsections (1)(b) and (3)(a)(i).

 

(4)    

The Secretary of State may make regulations amending any regulations made

 

under subsection (3).

 

(5)    

Regulations under subsection (3) or (4) shall be made under the affirmative

 

procedure.

 

(6)    

In this section—

 

“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;

 

“World Trade Organisation Sanitary and Phytosanitary 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.”

 


 

Sir Edward Leigh

 

NC3

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Groceries Code Adjudicator

 

The Adjudicator established by the Groceries Code Adjudicator Act 2013 shall

 

be responsible for ensuring compliance with Part 3 of this Act.”

 



 
 

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

Mark Garnier

 

Angus Brendan MacNeil

 

NC4

 

Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Agriculture: duty to promote exports

 

(1)    

The Secretary of State must take steps to increase opportunities for any person

 

carrying on agriculture to export an agricultural product.

 

(2)    

Steps under subsection (1) may include measures to seek to secure the lifting of

 

any—

 

(a)    

ban on export of an agricultural product,

 

(b)    

tariff or other form of barrier to trade,

 

(c)    

excessive regulation, or

 

(d)    

controls at national borders, local content rules or other barrier to entry

 

for an agricultural product.

 

(3)    

The Secretary of State must, no later than twelve months after Royal Assent has

 

been given to this Act, lay before each House of Parliament a report setting out

 

measures taken under subsection (2) and the impact of such measures.

 

(4)    

The Secretary of State must within twelve months of laying a report under

 

subsection (3), and once every calendar year thereafter, lay a report setting out

 

measures taken under subsection (2), and the impact of such measures, in the

 

period since the previous such report was laid.

 

(5)    

In this section—

 

“agricultural product” shall mean anything produced in the course of

 

carrying on agriculture, and

 

“agriculture” shall have the meaning given in section 22(6) of this Act.”

 

 


 

Sir Edward Leigh

 

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Clause  1,  page  2,  leave out lines 19 and 20 and insert—

 

“(g)    

protecting or improving the management of landscapes and biodiversity

 

through pasture-fed grazing livestock systems including the conservation

 

of native livestock, native equines or genetic resources relating to any

 

such animal;”

 

Sir Edward Leigh

 

Dr Neil Hudson

 

2

 

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  25,  at end insert—

 

“(k)    

protecting or improving the health, well-being and food security of

 

citizens.”

 

Kerry McCarthy

 

Caroline Lucas

 

18

 

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  25,  at end insert—

 

“(k)    

establishing and maintaining whole farm agroecological systems.”


 
 

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Kerry McCarthy

 

Caroline Lucas

 

19

 

Clause  1,  page  3,  line  17,  at end insert—

 

““whole farm agroecological systems” include any whole enterprise system

 

for farming or land management which is designed to produce food or

 

fuel while delivering environmental and social benefits, and may include

 

organic farming.”

 


 

Sir Edward Leigh

 

4

 

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

 

“(2A)    

In every case such conditions shall include the following restrictions to the

 

eligibility of a recipient of financial assistance—

 

(a)    

financial assistance may only be made to individuals or groups of

 

individuals, natural or otherwise, operating land where the predominant

 

use is agricultural as defined by section 96(1) of the Agricultural

 

Holdings Act 1986; and

 

(b)    

financial assistance may only be made available to individuals or groups

 

of individuals, natural or otherwise, who are—

 

(i)    

in occupation of or with rights of common over the land for

 

which the financial assistance is being claimed;

 

(ii)    

taking the entrepreneurial risk for the decisions made in relation

 

to the management of the land for which the financial assistance

 

is being claimed; and

 

(iii)    

in day-to-day management control of the land for which the

 

financial assistance has been claimed.”

 

Gareth Thomas

 

17

 

Clause  2,  page  3,  line  33,  at end insert—

 

“(4A)    

Financial assistance may only be given for or in connection with a purpose under

 

section 1(1) or (2) if the owner of the relevant land takes the action described in

 

subsection (4B).

 

(4B)    

The action is that the owner of the relevant land will not restrict access for any

 

person on any inland waterway or lake which forms part of that land for the

 

purposes of open-air recreation, if and so long as the person—

 

(a)    

exercises that right of access responsibly, and

 

(b)    

observes any restrictions which are imposed in—

 

(i)    

section 2 of,

 

(ii)    

Schedule 2 to, or

 

(iii)    

Chapter II of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.

 

(4C)    

A person does not exercise a right of access responsibly if their conduct while

 

exercising that right is not in accord with the provisions of any code of conduct

 

issued under section 20 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.


 
 

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(4D)    

For the purposes of subsections (4A) and (4B), “relevant land” means land which

 

includes the land or premises on which the activity for which financial assistance

 

is given under section 1(1) or (2) of this Act takes place or is to take place and

 

includes any inland waterway or lake.”

 


 

Sir Edward Leigh

 

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Clause  4,  page  5,  line  14,  at end insert—

 

“(d)    

set out the budgeted annual expenditure to be used to achieve each of the

 

aforementioned strategic priorities for the plan period.”

 


 

Sir Edward Leigh

 

6

 

Clause  8,  page  7,  line  40,  leave out “2021” and insert “2022”

 


 

Neil Parish

 

1

 

Clause  16,  page  12,  line  42,  at end insert—

 

“(ba)    

making provision for future contributions to existing rural socio-

 

economic schemes;”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would safeguard the availability of financial provisions to continue the socio-

 

economic programmes under Rural Development Programmes in the event of delays in the

 

introduction of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

 


 

Sir Edward Leigh

 

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Clause  17,  page  14,  line  32,  at end insert—

 

“(3)    

As part of the report, the Secretary of State must set out food security targets and

 

specify and implement any actions required to ensure that those targets are met.”

 



 
 

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

Sir Edward Leigh

 

8

 

Clause  18,  page  15,  leave out lines 2 and 3 and insert—

 

“(a)    

there is an acute or chronic disturbance in agricultural markets or a

 

serious threat of an acute or chronic disturbance in agricultural markets

 

caused by economic or environmental factors, and”

 


 

Sir Edward Leigh

 

12

 

Schedule  3,  page  50,  line  15,  leave out “may” and insert “must”

 

Sir Edward Leigh

 

11

 

Schedule  3,  page  50,  leave out lines 25 to 36 and insert—

 

“(3)    

A request falls within this subsection if—

 

(a)    

it is a request for—

 

(i)    

the landlord’s consent to a matter which under the terms of the

 

tenancy requires such consent, or

 

(ii)    

a variation of the terms of the tenancy, or

 

(iii)    

the landlord’s consent to a matter which otherwise requires such

 

consent.

 

(b)    

it is made for the purposes of—

 

(i)    

enabling the tenant to request or apply for relevant financial

 

assistance or relevant financial assistance of a description

 

specified in the regulations, or

 

(ii)    

complying with a statutory duty, or a statutory duty of a

 

description specified in the regulations, applicable to the tenant,

 

or

 

(iii)    

to secure either or both of the full and efficient farming of the

 

holding or an environmental improvement, and”.

 

Sir Edward Leigh

 

13

 

Schedule  3,  page  51,  line  34,  at end insert “, or

 

“(d)    

a scheme of financial assistance in whatever form introduced by Welsh

 

Ministers;”

 

Sir Edward Leigh

 

16

 

Schedule  3,  page  54,  line  20,  at end insert—

 

“Succession on death of tenant

 

21A      

In section 35, leave out subsection (2) and insert—

 

    “(2)  

In sections 36 to 48 below (and in Part I of Schedule 6 to this Act)—

 

“close relative” of a deceased tenant means—

 

(a)    

the wife husband or civil partner of the deceased;

 

(b)    

a brother or sister of the deceased;

 

(c)    

a child of the deceased;


 
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