Increases in imports or changes in price of agricultural goods

Part of Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:45 pm on 30th January 2018.

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New clause 6—Additional import duty on agricultural goods: enhanced parliamentary procedure—

“(1) No regulations may be made by the Treasury in exercise of the power in section 14(1) except in accordance with the steps set out in this section.

(2) The first step is that a Minister of the Crown must lay before the House of Commons—

(a) a statement of the reasons for proposing to make the regulations; and

(b) a draft of the regulations that it is proposed be made.

(3) The second step is that a Minister of the Crown must make a motion for a resolution in the House of Commons setting out, in respect of proposed regulations of which a draft has been laid in accordance with subsection (2)(b)—

(a) the proposed additional amount of import duty; and

(b) the proposed period for the purposes of section 14(1)(a);

(c) the proposed trigger price for the purposes of section 14(1)(b).

(4) The third step is that the House of Commons passes a resolution arising from the motion made in the form specified in subsection (3) (whether in the form of that motion or as amended).

(5) The fourth step is that the regulations that may then be made must, in respect of any matters specified in subsection (3), give effect to the terms of the resolution referred to in subsection (4).”

This new clause establishes a system of enhanced parliamentary procedure for regulations setting additional import duty on agricultural goods, with a requirement for the House of Commons to pass an amendable resolution authorising the rate of import duty on particular goods and the relevant conditions.