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given up to and including

Wednesday 9th July 2003


New Amendments handed in are marked thus *

CONSIDERATION OF BILL

RAGWORT CONTROL BILL, AS AMENDED
changed fromEQUINE WELFARE (RAGWORT CONTROL) BILL



NEW CLAUSES

Removal of ragwort

   

Mr David Wilshire

NC1

*To move the following Clause:—

       '.—Subsection (1) of section 3 of the Weeds Act 1959 is amended by substituting "must" for "may".'.


Powers of entry on to land

   

Mr David Wilshire

NC2

*To move the following Clause:—

       '.—Subsection (1) of Clause 4 of the Weeds Act 1959 is amended by inserting "suitably qualified" before "person".'.


Default powers

   

Mr David Wilshire

NC3

*To move the following Clause:—

       '.—Subsection (3) of Clause 2 of the Weeds Act 1959 is amended by inserting "or by resolution of a principal council or a committee of a principal council authorised to do so" after "Minister".'.


   

Sir Paul Beresford
Mr Christopher Chope

3

*Page     1,     line     4     [Clause     1],     leave out 'may' and insert 'shall'.

   

Mr David Wilshire

6

*Page     1,     line     7     [Clause     1],     after 'appropriate', insert 'including the National Farmers Union, the Local Government Association, the Bridleways Association, the Pony Club, Riding for the Disabled, the Council for the Protection of Rural England, the National Trust, and the Country Landowners Association.'.

   

Mr David Wilshire

7

*Page     1,     line     9     [Clause     1],     after 'code', insert 'at any time, but must revise it not later than five years after it has been laid before Parliament'.

   

Mr David Wilshire

8

*Page     1,     line     10     [Clause     1],     after 'code', insert—

    '(4a)   When revising the code, the Minister must carry out consultation in accordance with subsection (2) above'.

   

Mr David Wilshire

9

*Page     1,     line     13     [Clause     1],     after 'question', insert—

    '(7)   Failure to follow any part of the code of practice shall not of itself constitute an offence'.

   

Mr David Wilshire

10

*Page     1,     line     13     [Clause     1],     after 'question', insert—

    '(7)   Failure to follow any part of the code of practice alone shall not be sufficient evidence to establish the commission of any offence.'.

   

Sir Paul Beresford
Mr Christopher Chope

1

*Page     1,     line     14     [Clause     1],     at end insert—

         '1CDuty on National Part Authorities to control ragwort    (1)   Each National Park Authority must take all reasonable steps to remove ragwort from land within its area and to prevent the growth or regrowth of ragwort within its boundaries.

    (2)   For the purposes of this Act a "National Park" shall have the same meaning as in section 5 of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949 (c. 97).

    (3)   In carrying out its duty under this section a National Park shall have regard to guidance issued by the Minister under the provisions of this Act.

   

Sir Paul Beresford
Mr Christopher Chope

2

*Page     1,     line     14     [Clause     1],     at end insert—

         '1BDuty on highway authorities to control ragwort    (1)   A highway authority must take all reasonable steps to remove ragwort from the highways and to prevent the growth or regrowth of ragwort on the highway.

    (2)   For the purposes of this Act a "highway authority" has the same meaning as in Part I of the Highways Act 1980 (c. 66).

    (3)   For the purposes of this Act "highway" shall include carriageway, footway verges and any other area maintainable at the public expense.

    (4)   In carrying out its duty under this section a highway authority shall have regard to guidance issued by the Minister under the provisions of this Act.'.

   

Sir Paul Beresford
Mr Christopher Chope

4

*Page     1,     line     14     [Clause     1],     at end insert—

    '(7)   The requirement in subsection (1) shall apply from 31st March 2004.'.


   

Sir Paul Beresford
Mr Christopher Chope

5

*Page     2,     line     5     [Clause     3],     leave out 'three' and insert 'two'.


 
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