Remote Division Result: Amendment 39

– in the House of Commons at 6:32 pm on 13th May 2020.

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  • Division number 44
    A majority of MPs voted to allow UK ministers to require devolved governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, to provide them with information in connection with agricultural subsidies.

Photo of Eleanor Laing Eleanor Laing Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Ways and Means 6:32 pm, 13th May 2020

I can now announce the result of the remote Division on amendment 39.

Question, That amendment 39 be made.

Division number 44 Agriculture Bill — Clause 42 — Devolved Administrations — Provison of Information Relating to Agricultural Subsidies

A majority of MPs voted to allow UK ministers to require devolved governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, to provide them with information in connection with agricultural subsidies.

Aye: 56 MPs

No: 363 MPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

Absent: 231 MPs

Absents: A-Z by last name

The House divided: Ayes 56, Noes 362.

Question accordingly negatived.

Third Reading

Queen’s consent signified.

Photo of Eleanor Laing Eleanor Laing Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Ways and Means

I call the Secretary of State, who I am afraid has only two minutes to speak.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

I beg to move, That the Bill be now read the Third time.

I would like to acknowledge the work that has got us to this point. In particular, I would like to thank DEFRA officials, those who provided evidence and especially those Members who served on the Bill Committee. I am conscious that the restricted nature of the hybrid Parliament means that many of those Committee members have found it difficult to contribute to this stage of proceedings, but they all contributed comprehensively during earlier stages, and the points they raised have been heard.

The Government stood on a manifesto commitment to guarantee the current annual budget for farmers in every year of the new Parliament. Our farmers need stability, certainty and a smooth seven-year transition to adapt to our new policy of public money for public goods, and the Bill provides for that.

This is the second outing of this Bill. I was involved in the last Parliament at Committee stage for the first. We have made a number of changes since then, including strengthening parliamentary scrutiny with the requirement for a multi-annual plan; a strengthened duty around food security, with five-yearly reviews of food security; and a new clause on the importance of food production. Finally, I am conscious that animal welfare has been a big feature of the debate. The Government have a manifesto commitment that in all trade deals, they will not compromise on our high environmental protection, animal welfare and food standards.

Photo of Luke Pollard Luke Pollard Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 6:34 pm, 13th May 2020

Labour will not allow farmers to go out of business to secure a trade deal with Donald Trump. It is unusual for any party to vote against Third Reading of a Bill, but we will vote against this Bill because the issue of farm standards for our food is not a technical one; it is fundamental to what kind of country we are. We support high standards for our British farmers, and we demand that all food imported into our country after our Brexit transition periods ends adheres to those same high standards that our British farmers have to adhere to.

Two hours and fifteen minutes having elapsed since the resumption of proceedings on consideration, the debate was interrupted (Order, this day).

Photo of Eleanor Laing Eleanor Laing Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Ways and Means 6:35 pm, 13th May 2020

Before I put the Question, I confirm that my final determination is that the Question should be decided by remote Division. There is therefore no need for me to collect the voices or for Members present in the Chamber to shout Aye or No.

Question put forthwith (Order, this day), That the Bill be now read the Third time.

The House proceeded to a remote Division.

Photo of Eleanor Laing Eleanor Laing Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Ways and Means 6:51 pm, 13th May 2020

The remote voting period has now finished. I will announce the result of the Division shortly.