Amendment 12

Agriculture Bill - Report (1st Day) – in the House of Lords at 4:45 pm on 15th September 2020.

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Lord Northbrook:

Moved by Lord Northbrook

12: Clause 1, page 2, line 31, at end insert—“(c) supporting the domestic production of food and other agricultural products to the extent the Secretary of State considers necessary to ensure a sufficient level of food security in the United Kingdom, having regard to the outcomes in the most recent report produced under section 17.”

Photo of Lord Northbrook Lord Northbrook Conservative

My Lords, I have listened very carefully to the Minister’s winding-up speech. He has been doing a magnificent job so far in navigating this Bill. I much appreciated his detailed arguments justifying no change and pointing out other supporting clauses of the Bill. However, after a lot of consideration, I still find too vague the phrase that the Government

“must have regard to the need to encourage the production of food by producers in England and its production by them in an environmentally sustainable way.”

As my noble friend Lord Dundee said, this may result in food production support being ignored completely. I also prefer the wording on food security in my amendment. This is too important an issue to pass by. It is not a party-political amendment, or particularly controversial, but I would like to test the opinion of the House.

Ayes 130, Noes 225.

Division number 1 Agriculture Bill - Report (1st Day) — Amendment 12

Aye: 130 Members of the House of Lords

No: 225 Members of the House of Lords

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Division conducted remotely on Amendment 12

Amendment 12 disagreed.

Amendment 13 not moved.

Photo of Baroness Morris of Bolton Baroness Morris of Bolton Deputy Chairman of Committees, Deputy Speaker (Lords) 5:04 pm, 15th September 2020

My Lords, we now come to the group consisting of Amendment 14. I remind noble Lords that Members other than the mover and the Minister may speak only once, and that short questions of elucidation are discouraged. Anyone wishing to press this amendment to a Division should make that clear in debate.