Amendment 130

Part of Agriculture Bill - Committee (5th Day) – in the House of Lords at 3:45 pm on 21st July 2020.

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Photo of Lord Teverson Lord Teverson Chair, EU Environment Sub-Committee, Chair, EU Environment Sub-Committee 3:45 pm, 21st July 2020

My Lords, I first thank the noble Lord, Lord Naseby, for his support. We are not often on the same side of things and I very much appreciate his remarks and the considered remarks of the noble Lord, Lord Randall of Uxbridge, and even the noble Lord, Lord Blencathra, who understand the biodiversity dimensions of this, even if they do not—[Inaudible.]

There is a real issue here. Funnily enough, I do not disagree with the view of the noble Baroness, Lady McIntosh, about pushing back the start one year, just to make sure we get this incredibly important issue for the nation right before we start. But I cannot believe it can take seven years for a nation such as ours to implement a new system; five years is far more acceptable for what we have to do. In fact, it seems the seven years that many advocate is going back to the mentality of the common agricultural policy and the European Union—that slo-mo mindset that we are trying to escape with this new scheme. However, I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment 130 withdrawn.

Amendments 131 to 134 not moved.

Clause 4 agreed.

Amendment 135 not moved.

Clause 5: Annual and other reports on amount of financial assistance given

Amendments 136 to 138 not moved.

Clause 5 agreed.

Clause 6: Monitoring impact of financial assistance etc

Amendment 139 not moved.

Clause 6 agreed.