Clause 7 - ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PLANS

Environment Bill – in the House of Commons at 5:53 pm on 26th January 2021.

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Amendment proposed: 39, page 5, line 21, at end insert—

“(7A) If an exemption is granted under Article 53 of Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council, concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market, which is likely to affect species covered by an environmental improvement plan—

(a) a report must be laid before Parliament within one month of the exemption decision on the likely effects of the exemption on populations of—

(i) bees,

(ii) other pollinators, and

(iii) other species,

(b) the scientific advice given to ministers relating to the exemption must be published as an addendum to the report, and

(c) a Minister of the Crown must, not later than one month after the report is laid before Parliament under paragraph (8), move a Motion in the House of Commons in relation to the report.

(7B) The requirement in subsection (7A) shall apply retrospectively to exemptions granted within the last 12 months of the coming into force of this Act.”—(Luke Pollard.)

This amendment places requirements on Ministers to allow parliamentary scrutiny of exemptions granted to allow plant protection products banned under retained EU law (such as neonicotinoid pesticides), where they are likely to impact bees and other species covered by an environmental improvement plan.

Question put, That the amendment be made.

Division number 216 Environment Bill — Clause 7 - ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PLANS

Aye: 220 MPs

No: 364 MPs

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The House divided: Ayes 221, Noes 366.

Question accordingly negatived.

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