Power to reduce the direct payments ceilings for England in 2020 by up to 15%

Agriculture Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:15 pm on 15th November 2018.

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“(1) The Secretary of State may by regulations make provision for and in connection with reducing the national and net direct

(2) For this purpose—

the “national direct payments ceiling for England” is the sum representing the share allocated to England of the amount specified for the United Kingdom in Annex II of the Direct Payments Regulation (table of national ceilings);

the “net direct payments ceiling for England” is the sum representing the share allocated to England of the amount specified for the United Kingdom in Annex III of the Direct Payments Regulation (table of net ceilings).

(3) Regulations under this section cannot be made after the end of 2020.

(4) Regulations under this section are subject to affirmative resolution procedure.”—

The provisions in EU legislation for inter-pillar transfers of up to 15% of the national ceiling for direct payments to the budget for rural development scheme payments will not apply in relation to the 2020 scheme year. The new Clause enables a reduction of up to 15% of the share allocated to England of the UK’s direct payment ceiling for 2020 under the Direct Payments Regulation.

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

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