Clause 12 - Report by welfare advisory body

Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:15 pm on 5th July 2022.

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Amendment proposed: 4, in clause 12, page 8, line 28, at end insert—

“(1A) The welfare advisory body must carry out an assessment of the likely impact of any precision bred trait referred to in the application on the health and welfare of the relevant animal and its qualifying progeny.

(1B) In carrying out an assessment under subsection (2) the welfare advisory body must consider—

(a) scientific expertise on the health and welfare of animals with similar traits (whether or not resulting from the application of modern biotechnology) to those of the animal in respect of which an application for a precision bred animal marketing authorisation has been made;

(b) the animal welfare declaration provided by the notifier under subsection (3) of section 11 and the assessment, explanation and information provided under subsection (4) of section 11; and

(c) any other matter it considers appropriate.”—(Daniel Zeichner.)

Question put, That the amendment be made.

Division number 5 Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill — Clause 12 - Report by welfare advisory body

Aye: 4 MPs

No: 10 MPs

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The Committee divided: Ayes 4, Noes 10.

Question accordingly negatived.

Amendment proposed: 5, in clause 12, page 8, line 28, at end insert—

“(1A) Where the purpose of a precision bred trait referred to in the application includes achieving fast growth, high yields or any other increase in productivity, the welfare advisory body must in preparing a report under subsection (2)—

(a) consider whether animals or their progeny with similar traits resulting from selective breeding or traditional processes have experienced pain, suffering or lasting harm arising from or connected with fast growth, high yields or any other increase in productivity, and

(b) assess whether the relevant animal and its qualifying progeny are also likely to experience pain, suffering or lasting harm arising from or connected with fast growth, high yields or any other increase in productivity.”—(Daniel Zeichner.)

Question put, That the amendment be made.

Division number 6 Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill — Clause 12 - Report by welfare advisory body

Aye: 4 MPs

No: 10 MPs

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The Committee divided: Ayes 4, Noes 10.

Question accordingly negatived.

Amendment proposed: 35, in clause 12, page 8 line 40, at end insert—

“(d) whether the health or welfare of the parents, grandparents or great grandparents of the qualifying progeny of the relevant animal may reasonably be expected to be adversely affected by the precision bred trait.”—

This amendment would require the welfare advisory body to report on the likely effects of a precision bred trait on breeding stock.

Question put, That the amendment be made.

Division number 7 Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill — Clause 12 - Report by welfare advisory body

Aye: 4 MPs

No: 10 MPs

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The Committee divided: Ayes 4, Noes 10.

Question accordingly negatived.

Clauses 12 and 13 ordered to stand part of the Bill.