Clause 4 - Short title, commencement and extent

Equine Welfare (Ragwort Control) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:45 am on 15th May 2003.

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Amendment made: No. 5, in

clause 4, page 2, line 35, leave out 'Equine Welfare'.—[Mr. Greenway.]

Photo of John Greenway John Greenway Conservative, Ryedale

I beg to move amendment No. 6, in

clause 4, page 2, line 37, at end insert—

'( ) This Act extends to England and Wales only.'.

Photo of Eric Illsley Eric Illsley Labour, Barnsley Central

With this it will be convenient to discuss the following:

New clause 1—Wales—

'(1) The reference to the Weeds Act 1959 (c.54) in Schedule 1 to the National Assembly for Wales (Transfer of Functions) Order 1999 (S.I. 1999/ 672) is to be treated as referring to that Act as amended by this Act.

(2) Subsection (1) does not affect the power to make further Orders varying or omitting that reference.'.

Photo of John Greenway John Greenway Conservative, Ryedale

The amendment and new clause make it clear that the Bill applies only to England and Wales, although I hope that the Scottish Parliament will take note of what we have done and introduce a comparable measure in due course. I hope to visit Perth race course later this month—not, sadly, for a race meeting, but to speak at a dinner. On the assumption that we make progress today, I can say that I shall spread the word, not the ragwort.

Photo of Alun Michael Alun Michael Minister of State (Rural Affairs), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

May I simply confirm that the hon. Gentleman is right about the impact of the amendment, as the Bill will have effect only in England and Wales. The amendment does not affect the possibility of a similar measure being introduced in Scotland if that is the wish of those with responsibility for such matters there.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause 4, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.