Motion E1 (as an amendment to Motion E)

Agriculture Bill - Commons Reasons – in the House of Lords at 6:45 pm on 20 October 2020.

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Lord Grantchester:

Moved by Lord Grantchester

At end insert “but do propose Amendment 16B in lieu—

16B: Insert the following new Clause—“Duty to seek equivalence on agri-food standards in relation to future trade(1) When negotiating any international trade agreement containing provisions relating to the importation of agri-food products into the United Kingdom, it shall be a negotiating objective for Her Majesty’s Government to secure terms that provide for equivalence with standards applicable to domestic producers in the areas of—(a) animal health and welfare,(b) protection of the environment,(c) food safety, hygiene and traceability, and(d) plant health.(2) Before an international trade agreement can be laid before Parliament under section 20 of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010 (“the 2010 Act”), a Minister of the Crown must lay before both Houses of Parliament a statement confirming—(a) that Her Majesty’s Government has, in the Minister’s opinion, fulfilled the requirement under subsection (1),(b) whether equivalence with domestic standards has been achieved,(c) any exemptions provided for individual products, and(d) in relation to subparagraphs (b) and (c), the Minister’s reasons for this being the case.(3) Subsections (1) and (2) shall not apply if—(a) the international trade agreement is a continuation or revision of an agreement to which the United Kingdom was a party prior to IP completion day, whether as a direct signatory or by virtue of membership of the European Union, or(b) the international trade agreement is with one or more least developed countries and, in the Secretary of State’s opinion, seeking equivalence on standards would present an unfair impediment to trade for the country or countries.(4) In addition to the requirements under the 2010 Act, chapters of a relevant international trade agreement may not be ratified unless the conditions in subsections (5) and (6) have been met.(5) The condition in this subsection is that the chapters have been approved by a resolution of the House of Commons on a motion moved by a Minister of the Crown.(6) The condition in this subsection is that a motion for the House of Lords to take note of the chapters has been tabled in the House of Lords by a Minister of the Crown and—(a) the House of Lords has debated the motion, or(b) the House of Lords has not concluded a debate on the motion before the end of the period of five Lords sitting days beginning with the first Lords sitting day after the day on which the House of Commons passes the resolution mentioned in subsection (5).(7) In this section—“chapters” means any individual section or sections of an international trade agreement;“international trade agreement” means—(a) an agreement that is or was notifiable under—(i) paragraph 7(a) of Article XXIV of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, part of Annex 1A to the WTO Agreement (as modified from time to time), or(ii) paragraph 7(a) of Article V of the General Agreement on Trade in Services, part of Annex 1B to the WTO Agreement (as modified from time to time), or(b) an international agreement that mainly relates to trade, other than an agreement mentioned in paragraph (a)(i) or (ii);“least developed countries” means any country on the United Nations Committee for Development’s List of Least Developed Countries, as amended from time to time;“Lords sitting day” means a day on which the House of Lords is sitting (and a day is only a day on which the House of Lords is sitting if the House begins to sit on that day); “Minister of the Crown” has the same meaning as in the Ministers of the Crown Act 1975;“ratified” has the same meaning as in the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010.””

Ayes 282, Noes 244.

Division number 3 Agriculture Bill - Commons Reasons — Motion E1 (as an amendment to Motion E)

Aye: 282 Members of the House of Lords

No: 244 Members of the House of Lords

Aye: A-Z by last name

No: A-Z by last name

Division conducted remotely on Motion E1

Motion E1 agreed.