New clause 1 - Wales

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

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'(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.'.—[Mr. Greenway.]

Brought up, read the First and Second time, and added to the Bill.

Title

Amendments made: No. 7, in

the title, line 1, leave out from the beginning to 'amend'.

No. 8, in

the title, line 2, after '1959' insert 'in relation to ragwort'.—[Mr. Greenway.]

Question proposed, That the Chairman do report the Bill, as amended, to the House.

Photo of John Greenway John Greenway Conservative, Ryedale

I thank you, Mr. Illsley, and the Committee for attending today and for the help and support that everyone has provided. The ownership and use of horses and ponies in a variety of leisure pursuits makes a significant contribution to the prosperity of thousands of rural communities—and not just those represented by Conservative Members, as the membership of this Committee shows. Ragwort poisoning presents a formidable obstacle to the continuing success of that trend. I believe that

Parliament must act to deal with the problem and that the Bill, as amended today, gives Parliament the chance to meet that challenge.

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

I join the hon. Gentleman in his welcome for the stage that we have reached today. I thank my hon. Friends for their attendance, which was necessary for the Committee to do its work and to make progress with the Bill: they also serve who only sit and vote. In traditional fashion, I thank you, Mr. Illsley, as well as the other members of the Committee, the Clerk, the Hansard Reporters and the police. None of them has been called upon to exercise their talents unduly, but they have been present to serve the Committee, and I am sure that the Hansard Reporters will join me in thanking everyone for keeping today's proceedings brief.

Photo of Eric Illsley Eric Illsley Labour, Barnsley Central

May I echo the Minister's thanks to the police, the Hansard writers and, particularly, the Clerk, as well as hon. Members? Although the Bill is short, its Committee stage has been complicated by the complex voting system. I also take the opportunity of wishing the hon. Member for Barnsley, West and Penistone a happy birthday. He can now tie up his horse and claim his bus pass.

Question put and agreed to.

Bill, as amended, to be reported.

Committee rose at five minutes past Ten o'clock.