Duty to report on international obligations

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

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‘(1) The Secretary of State shall lay before both Houses of Parliament reports on the extent to which the provisions of this Act have helped the UK meet its obligations, including (but not limited to)—

(a) the UN Paris Agreement,

(b) CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora),

(c) the Convention on Biological Diversity, including the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity,

(d) the Convention on the Law of the Sea,

(e) the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), and

(f) the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

(2) The first report under subsection (1) shall be laid no later than 31 March 2020, and subsequent reports shall be laid no later than 31 March in each calendar year.

(3) The Secretary of State shall consult with—

(a) the Scottish Ministers,

(b) the Welsh Ministers, and

(c) the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in Northern Ireland

before laying a report under subsection (1).

(4) The Secretary of State shall make arrangements for a report under subsection (1) to be laid before—

(a) the Scottish Parliament, and

(b) the Welsh Assembly.’—

This new clause would require the Secretary of State to report annually on the contribution made to the UK’s international obligations as a result of the provisions of the Bill.