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Agriculture Bill

– in a Public Bill Committee on 11th February 2020.

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[Sir David Amess in the Chair]

Photo of Sir David Amess Sir David Amess Conservative, Southend West 9:25 am, 11th February 2020

Before we begin, I have a few preliminary points. Please switch off mobile phones. Tea and coffee is not allowed; that is not me being pompous—the Speaker does not allow tea or coffee in the Committee Rooms. Until that changes, Lent has come early and it is definitely water only.

We will first consider the programme motion on the amendment paper. We will then consider a motion to enable the reporting of written evidence for publication and then a motion to allow us to deliberate in private about our questions before the oral evidence session. In view of the limited time available, I hope we can take those matters without too much debate.

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

I beg to move,

That—

(1) the Committee shall (in addition to its first meeting at 9.25 am on Tuesday 11 February) meet—

(a) at 2.00 pm on Tuesday 11 February;

(b) at 11.30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 13 February;

(c) at 9.25 am and 2.00 pm on Tuesday 25 February;

(d) at 11.30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 27 February;

(e) at 9.25 am and 2.00 pm on Tuesday 3 March;

(f) at 11.30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 5 March;

(g) at 9.25 am and 2.00 pm on Tuesday 10 March;

(2) the Committee shall hear oral evidence in accordance with the following Table:

Date

Time

Witness

Tuesday 11 February

Until no later than 10.30 am

Nature Friendly Farming Network; Farmwel; LEAF; British Growers Association

Tuesday 11 February

Until no later than 11.25 am

RSPB; RSPCA; Rare Breed Survival Trust; Traceability Design User Group; Livestock Information Ltd

Tuesday 11 February

Until no later than 2.30 pm

Ulster Farmers Union; DAERA

Tuesday 11 February

Until no later than 3.00 pm

NFU; National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs

Tuesday 11 February

Until no later than 3.30 pm

Cooperatives UK

Tuesday 11 February

Until no later than 4.15 pm

Campaign to Protect Rural England; Kings Crops; Holkham Estate

Tuesday 11 February

Until no later than 5.00 pm

Country Land and Business Association; Tenant Farmers Association

Thursday 13 February

Until no later than 12.15 pm

NFU Cymru; Farmers’ Union of Wales; Welsh Government

Thursday 13 February

Until no later than 1.00 pm

Soil Association

Thursday 13 February

Until no later than 2.30 pm

NFU Scotland; Quality Meat Scotland; Scottish Government

Thursday 13 February

Until no later than 3.00 pm

George Monbiot, The Guardian

Thursday 13 February

Until no later than 3.30 pm

Professor Bill Keevil, University of Southampton

Thursday 13 February

Until no later than 4.00 pm

Unite; Landworkers Alliance

Thursday 13 February

Until no later than 4.30 pm

Sustain; Compassion in World Farming

Thursday 13 February

Until no later than 5.00 pm

Which?

(3) proceedings on consideration of the Bill in Committee shall be taken in the following order: Clauses 1 to 28; Schedule 1; Clause 29; Schedule 2; Clauses 30 to 34; Schedule 3; Clause 35; Schedule 4; Clauses 36 to 43; Schedule 5; Clauses 44 and 45; Schedule 6; Clauses 46 to 49; Schedule 7; Clauses 50 to 54; new Clauses; new Schedules; remaining proceedings on the Bill;

(4) the proceedings shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at 5.00 pm on Tuesday 10 March.

The programme motion was agreed by the Programming Sub-Committee yesterday. I hope we are all agreed on the programme motion, and I look forward to hearing evidence from witnesses in the order set out.

Question put and agreed to.

Resolved,

That, subject to the discretion of the Chair, any written evidence received by the Committee shall be reported to the House for publication.—(George Eustice.)

Photo of Sir David Amess Sir David Amess Conservative, Southend West

Copies of written evidence that the Committee receives will be made available in the Committee Room. Colleagues can get papers on that table over there. The helpful Clerks will indicate where they are; if Members go around, behind me or the witnesses, they can pick up the papers.

Resolved,

That, at this and any subsequent meeting at which oral evidence is to be heard, the Committee shall sit in private until the witnesses are admitted.—(George Eustice.)

The Committee deliberated in private.