Red meat levy: payments between levy bodies in Great Britain

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

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“(1) A scheme under this section (“the scheme”) may—

(a) make provision for amounts of red meat levy collected by the levy body for one country in Great Britain to be paid to the levy body for another such country, or

(b) amend, suspend or revoke an earlier scheme made under this section.

(2) The scheme may make provision about—

(a) the method by which the amount of a payment is to be calculated,

(b) who is to determine the amount of a payment,

(c) when a payment is to be made,

(d) how a payment is to be made, and

(e) the duration of the scheme;

and in this subsection “payment” means any payment which is to be made under the scheme by a levy body.

(3) The method of calculating the amount of a payment may include calculation by reference to any matters specified in the scheme, including—

(a) the number of animals—

(i) in respect of which red meat levy was imposed by the levy body making the payment in a given period, and

(ii) which have a given connection with the country of the levy body which is to receive the payment;

(b) the administrative costs of implementing the scheme for the levy bodies involved in the payment.

(4) A payment made under the scheme is to be treated by the levy body receiving it as if it were red meat levy collected by that body.

(5) The scheme may make supplementary, incidental or consequential provision (including provision conferring functions).

(6) A levy body must comply with any requirement imposed on it by the scheme.

(7) The scheme—

(a) is to be made jointly by—

(i) the Secretary of State, if it involves the levy body for England, and

(ii) the Scottish Ministers, if it involves the levy body for Scotland, and

(iii) the Welsh Ministers, if it involves the levy body for Wales;

(b) must be published in such manner as may be determined by the authorities making it.

(8) For the purposes of this section the levy bodies for the countries in Great Britain are—

(a) for England, the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board;

(b) for Scotland, Quality Meat Scotland;

(c) for Wales, the person for the time being exercising the Welsh Ministers’ function of imposing levy on slaughterers under section 4 of the Red Meat Industry (Wales) Measure 2010 (nawm 3).

(9) In this section, “red meat levy” means—

(a) in relation to the levy body for England, producer levy imposed on slaughterers under Schedule 3 to the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board Order 2008 (SI 2008/576);

(b) in relation to the levy body for Scotland, producer levy imposed on slaughterers under Schedule 3 to the Quality Meat Scotland Order 2008 (S.S.I 2008/77);

(c) in relation to the levy body for Wales, the production component (within the meaning of Schedule 2 to the Red Meat Industry (Wales) Measure 2010) of levy imposed on slaughterers under section 4 of that Measure.”—

This new clause enables a scheme to be made for some of the red meat levy collected by a levy body in one country within Great Britain to be paid to another levy body in Great Britain. This would reflect the fact that some cattle, sheep or pigs produced in one country may be slaughtered in another country. Without the ability to make payments under a scheme the producer levy paid in respect of those animals in the country of slaughter can only be spent on activities which benefit red meat producers in that country.

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

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