Amendment 31A (to Amendment 31)

Trade Bill - Report (3rd Day) – in the House of Lords at 7:00 pm on 6th January 2021.

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Lord Grantchester:

Moved by Lord Grantchester

31A: After Clause 6, after subsection (3)(d) insert—“(e) public health and health inequalities.”

Photo of Lord Grantchester Lord Grantchester Opposition Whip (Lords), Shadow Spokesperson (Energy and Climate Change), Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Any potential drop in imported food product standards will directly affect public health. I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Boycott, for her wide-ranging perspective on food, and the noble Baroness, Lady Bakewell, and the noble Lord, Lord Purvis, for their support. There is an issue with contaminants and food poisonings in other countries’ food products, and there are efforts from Downing Street on obesity. There is the issue of highly hazardous pesticides, as well as growth promoters and AMR concerns.

We feel that the TAC has an important public health role to play and will need expertise returned to its function to advise Parliament and Ministers on such matters and on future trade deals, or its importance will be severely diminished. The FSA is not expected to put great emphasis on production methods, and the environment and animal welfare impacts of production do not necessarily correlate with food safety issues. Neither are apparent on inspection of the final product. Advice needs the coherence of being a meaningful part of reports to Parliament by the Trade and Agriculture Commission, without further pressure being put on the already struggling FSA, which does not have the same transparency and accountability to Parliament.

I therefore wish to press my amendment to a vote.

Ayes 285, Noes 258.

Division number 4 Trade Bill - Report (3rd Day) — Amendment 31A (to Amendment 31)

Aye: 285 Members of the House of Lords

No: 258 Members of the House of Lords

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

Division conducted remotely on Amendment 31A (to Amendment 31)

Amendment 31A (to Amendment 31) agreed.

Amendments 32 and 33 (as amendments to Amendment 31) not moved.

Amendment 31, as amended, agreed.