Regulations

Agriculture Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:30 pm on 15th November 2018.

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Amendment made: 14, in clause 29, page 23, line 3, at end insert—

“(4A) Regulations which—

(a) contain provision made by virtue of subsection (3)(c) modifying primary legislation, and

(b) would, apart from this subsection, be subject to negative resolution procedure,

are subject to affirmative resolution procedure.”—

This amendment provides that regulations under Clause 29(3)(c) which make supplementary, incidental, consequential, transitional or saving provision modifying primary legislation are subject to the affirmative resolution procedure.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

I beg to move amendment 15, in clause 29, page 23, line 35, at end insert—

“( ) Section 41(3) of the Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954 applies in relation to the laying of a document before the Northern Ireland Assembly by virtue of this section as it applies in relation to the laying of a statutory document under an enactment (as defined in that Act).”

Section 41(3) of the Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954 provides mechanics for the laying of certain documents before the Northern Ireland Assembly. This amendment makes clear that those mechanics apply to the laying of regulations or draft regulations under the Bill.

I can be very brief, since this is an uncontroversial technical amendment. It simply provides the mechanics for laying certain documents before the Northern Ireland Assembly. If we did not make the amendment, we would lose an opportunity to ensure the consistent application of section 41(3) of the Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954 and of the way a statutory instrument or statutory document is laid before the Assembly. This is a narrow technical issue that DAERA officials identified and asked us to correct.

Amendment 15 agreed to.

Question proposed, That the clause, as amended, stand part of the Bill.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

I do not intend to say much more. The clause contains largely technical provisions and powers to ensure we can duly report, as I indicated in the case of Northern Ireland.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 29, as amended, accordingly ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clause 30