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House of Commons

 
 

Tuesday 28th June 2005

 

Standing Committee Proceedings

 

Standing Committee A

 

Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill


 

[Fifth and Sixth Sittings]


 

Mr Colin Breed

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

Negatived on division  103

 

Clause  40,  page  13,  line  34,  leave out from ‘functions’ to end of line 36 and insert

 

‘further the conservation of biodiversity, so far as is consistent with the proper exercise of

 

those functions’.

 

Mr Colin Breed

 

Norman Baker

 

Not called  2

 

Clause  40,  page  13,  line  34,  leave out ‘have regard’ and insert ‘aim to further’.

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Not called  127

 

Clause  40,  page  13,  line  34,  leave out from ‘have’ to end of line 36 and insert ‘a

 

duty to further the conservation of biodiversity, so far as is consistent with the proper

 

exercise of those functions’.

 

Mr Colin Breed

 

Norman Baker

 

Not called  3

 

Clause  40,  page  13,  line  35,  leave out ‘to’.

 

Jim Knight

 

Agreed to  138

 

Clause  40,  page  14,  line  19,  after ‘means’, insert—

 

‘(a)    

in relation to England,’.

 

Jim Knight

 

Agreed to  139

 

Clause  40,  page  14,  line  21,  at end insert—

 

‘(b)    

in relation to Wales, a county council, a county borough council or a

 

community council;’.


 
 

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Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 


 

Mr Colin Breed

 

Norman Baker

 

Withdrawn  4

 

Clause  41,  page  14,  line  33,  at end insert ‘and such other bodies as he sees fit’.

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Withdrawn  128

 

Clause  41,  page  14,  line  39,  leave out ‘promote’ and insert ‘ensure’.

 

Mr James Paice

 

Mr Peter Atkinson

 

Not called  61

 

Clause  41,  page  14,  line  39,  at end insert—

 

‘having regard to the financial costs which such steps would incur’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Mr Roger Williams

 

Withdrawn  77

 

Clause  42,  page  15,  line  2,  leave out ‘must’ and insert ‘may’.

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

Not called  78

 

Clause  42,  page  15,  line  5,  leave out ‘must’ and insert ‘may’.

 

Mr Colin Breed

 

Norman Baker

 

Not called  5

 

Clause  42,  page  15,  line  6,  after ‘Wales’, insert ‘and such other bodies as the

 

Assembly sees fit’.

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

Not called  79

 

Clause  42,  page  15,  line  7,  leave out ‘must’ and insert ‘may’.

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Not called  129

 

Clause  42,  page  15,  line  11,  leave out ‘promote’ and insert ‘ensure’.

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

Not called  80

 

Clause  42,  page  15,  line  12,  leave out ‘must’ and insert ‘may’.


 
 

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Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Mr James Paice

 

Mr Peter Atkinson

 

Withdrawn  144

 

Clause  43,  page  15,  line  21,  at end insert ‘with the intention of committing any

 

offence under Part 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (c. 69), the Conservation

 

of Seals Act 1970 (c. 30), the Deer Act 1991 (c. 54) or the Protection of Badgers Act 1992

 

(c. 51)’.

 

Mr James Paice

 

Mr Peter Atkinson

 

Not called  63

 

Clause  43,  page  15,  line  26,  after ‘was’, insert ‘or had been in the past’.

 

Mr James Paice

 

Mr Peter Atkinson

 

Not called  64

 

Clause  43,  page  16,  line  2,  at end insert­—

 

‘(7A)    

An order made under subsection (1) shall come into force on such date as may be

 

prescribed by the Secretary of State being not less than six months from the date

 

on which it is made.’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Mr James Paice

 

Mr Peter Atkinson

 

Withdrawn  124

 

Clause  44,  page  16,  line  10,  leave out subsections (1) to (3).

 

Mr James Paice

 

Mr Peter Atkinson

 

Not called  65

 

Clause  44,  page  16,  line  10,  after ‘inspector’, insert ‘who suspects with reasonable

 

cause that an offence is being committed under section 43’.

 

Mr James Paice

 

Mr Peter Atkinson

 

Withdrawn  66

 

Clause  44,  page  16,  line  19,  leave out ‘a’ and insert ‘an appropriately qualified’.

 

Mr James Paice

 

Mr Peter Atkinson

 

Not called  67

 

Clause  44,  page  16,  line  21,  leave out ‘a’ and insert ‘an appropriately qualified’.


 
 

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Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Mr James Paice

 

Mr Peter Atkinson

 

Not called  125

 

Clause  45,  page  16,  line  29,  leave out ‘and 44’ and insert ‘44, [Enforcement powers

 

in connection with pesticides: entry and search without a warrant], [Enforcement powers

 

in connection with pesticides: entry and search by force without a warrant], and

 

[Enforcement powers in connection with pesticides: entry and search with a warrant]’.

 

Mr James Paice

 

Mr Peter Atkinson

 

Not called  126

 

Clause  45,  page  16,  line  38,  at end add—

 

‘(5)    

“Inspector” means—

 

(a)    

an appropriately qualified person authorised in writing by the Secretary

 

of State to exercise the powers under sections [Enforcement powers in

 

connection with pesticides: entry and search without a warrant],

 

[Enforcement powers in connection with pesticides: entry and search by

 

force without a warrant], and [Enforcement powers in connection with

 

pesticides: entry and search with a warrant] in relation to England;

 

(b)    

an appropriately qualified person authorised in person by the National

 

Assembly for Wales to exercise the powers under sections [Enforcement

 

powers in connection with pesticides: entry and search without a

 

warrant] [Enforcement powers in connection with pesticides: entry and

 

search by force without a warrant], and [Enforcement powers in

 

connection with pesticides: entry and search with a warrant] in relation

 

to Wales.

 

(6)    

“Relevant offence” means an offence under section 43.’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Mr James Paice

 

Mr Peter Atkinson

 

Withdrawn  119

 

Clause  46,  page  17,  line  3,  at beginning insert ‘intentionally’.

 

Mr James Paice

 

Mr Peter Atkinson

 

Not called  120

 

Clause  46,  page  17,  line  4,  at end insert ‘if it can be shown that the nest has been

 

constructed or used by such a bird within the preceding 3 years’.

 

Mr James Paice

 

Mr Peter Atkinson

 

Not called  143

 

Clause  46,  page  17,  line  4,  at end insert—


 
 

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‘(2A)    

In that section, after subsection (1) insert—

 

“(1A)    

In subsection (1)(aa) “nest” means a structure constructed by a bird for

 

its eggs and young.”.’.

 

Mr Colin Breed

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

Not called  109

 

Clause  46,  page  17,  line  11,  at end insert—

 

‘Owl, Barn

Tyto alba

 
 

Chough, Red-Billed

Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax

 
 

Harrier, Hen

Circus cyaneus

 
 

Merlin

Falco columbarius

 
 

Falcon, Peregrine

Falco peregrinus’.

 
 

 

Clause Agreed to.

 

Clauses 47 and 48 Agreed to.

 


 

Mr Colin Breed

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

Withdrawn  104

 

Clause  49,  page  18,  line  31,  leave out from ‘is’ to end of line 32 and insert

 

‘included in Part III of Schedule 9’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 

Clauses 50 and 51 Agreed to.

 


 

Mr James Paice

 

Mr Peter Atkinson

 

Withdrawn  115

 

Schedule  5,  page  54,  line  24,  at end insert—

 

  ‘(1A)    

A person may not be authorised under subsection (1) unless he holds such

 

qualifications as the Secretary of State, or (as the case may be) the

 

National Assembly for Wales, may prescribe.’.

 

Mr James Paice

 

Mr Peter Atkinson

 

Not called  116

 

Schedule  5,  page  54,  line  32,  at end insert—


 
 

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    ‘(5)    

A wildlife inspector exercising powers under this or any enactment shall

 

comply with any Code of Practice issued under sections 60 and 66 of the

 

Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984.’.

 

Mr James Paice

 

Mr Peter Atkinson

 

Not called  117

 

Schedule  5,  page  54,  line  34,  after ‘inspector’, insert ‘who has reasonable grounds

 

to suspect that a Group 1 offence has been or is being committed’.

 

Jim Knight

 

Agreed to  147

 

Schedule  5,  page  55,  leave out lines 12 and 13.

 

Mr James Paice

 

Mr Peter Atkinson

 

Not called  118

 

Schedule  5,  page  55,  line  41,  after ‘inspector’, insert ‘who has reasonable grounds

 

to suspect that a Group 2 offence has been or is being committed’.

 

Jim Knight

 

Agreed to  140

 

Schedule  5,  page  57,  line  19,  at end insert—

 

    ‘( )    

After subsection (2) insert—

 

“(2A)    

A constable may, for the purpose of assisting him in exercising the

 

powers conferred by subsection (1)(b) and (d) when he has entered any

 

premises under subsection (2), take with him—

 

(a)    

any other person, and

 

(b)    

any equipment or materials.”.’.

 

Jim Knight

 

Agreed to  141

 

Schedule  5,  page  57,  line  21,  leave out sub-paragraph (4).

 

Jim Knight

 

Agreed to  148

 

Schedule  5,  page  59,  line  3,  leave out from beginning to second ‘in’ in line 6 and

 

insert—

 

    

‘In section 27 (interpretation of Part 1), in subsection (1),’.

 

John Mann

 

Mr David Chaytor

 

Withdrawn  145

 

Schedule  5,  page  60,  line  22,  at end add—

 

‘Part 3

 

powers of constables extended to other wildlife legislation

 

12      (1)    

Section 19(3) of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (c. 69) applies

 

for the purposes of the provisions specified in this paragraph as if the

 

reference to reasonable grounds for suspecting that an offence under Part

 

1 of the 1981 Act has been committed were a reference to reasonable


 
 

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grounds for suspecting that an offence under the specified provisions has

 

been, is being or is about to be committed.

 

      (2)    

The provisions specified in this paragraph are—

 

(a)    

Part 3 of this Act,

 

(b)    

Part 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (c. 69),

 

(c)    

the Protection of Badgers Act 1992 (c. 51), and

 

(d)    

such other provisions as the Secretary of State may specify by

 

order.

 

      (3)    

Orders made by the Secretary of State under sub-paragraph (2)(d) are

 

subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of

 

Parliament.

 

      (4)    

The Secretary of State may not make an order under sub-paragraph (2)(d)

 

unless he is satisfied that it is necessary or expedient to do so in the

 

interests of protecting wild birds or wild animals.’.

 

Schedule, as amended, Agreed to.

 

Clause 52 Agreed to.

 

Schedule 6 Agreed to.

 

Clauses 53 and 54 Agreed to.

 


 

Mr James Paice

 

Mr Peter Atkinson

 

Withdrawn  130

 

Clause  55,  page  21,  line  7,  at end insert ‘after consultation with every occupier of

 

that land’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 

[Adjourned till Thursday at 9.00 a.m.


 
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