Secretary of State’s powers to give financial assistance

Part of Agriculture Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:30 pm on 30th October 2018.

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Photo of Jenny Chapman Jenny Chapman Shadow Minister (Exiting the European Union) 4:30 pm, 30th October 2018

This is problematic. I do not think the Minister knows how to answer his own questions about how best to support farmers. Clause 2(2) says:

“Financial assistance may be given subject to such conditions as the Secretary of State considers appropriate.”

I do not know how much wider we could get, and my hon. Friend the Member for Ipswich is worried about its being too narrow. That is the problem with the Bill.