Secretary of State’s powers to give financial assistance

Part of Agriculture Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:45 pm on 30th October 2018.

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Photo of Phil Wilson Phil Wilson Labour, Sedgefield 3:45 pm, 30th October 2018

With this it will be convenient to discuss the following:

Amendment 88, in clause 1, page 2, line 4, leave out subsection (2) and insert—

“(2) The Secretary of State may also give financial assistance for or in connection with any of the following purposes—

(a) supporting businesses or communities in rural areas;

(b) starting, or improving the productivity of, an agricultural, horticultural or forestry activity;

(c) supporting persons who are involved in the production, processing, marketing or distribution of products deriving from an agricultural, horticultural or forestry activity;

(d) supporting the production of such part of the nation’s food and other agricultural produce as it is desirable to produce in the United Kingdom.”

Amendment 89, in clause 1, page 2, line 6, at end insert—

“(2A) Financial assistance under subsections (1) and (2) may only be given to—

(a) persons who are involved in the production of products deriving from an agricultural or horticultural or forestry activity, (including recognised producers organisations,

(b) those with an interest in agricultural land, where the financial assistance relates directly to that land.”

Amendment 90, in schedule 3, page 30, line 17, at end insert—

“(2A) Financial assistance under subparagraphs (1) and (2) may only be given to—

(a) persons who are involved in the production of products deriving from an agricultural or horticultural or forestry activity, (including recognised producers organisations, associations of recognised producer organisations and recognised interbranch organisations as established in part 6 or as recognised under the CMO Regulation at the date of enactment of this Act); or

(b) those with an interest in agricultural land, where the financial assistance relates directly to that land