Agriculture Bill — New Clause After Clause 42 — Contribution of Agriculture and Associated Land Use to Climate Change Targets — 12 Oct 2020 at 21:00
The majority of MPs voted not to require ministers to exercise their duties under the Agriculture Act with due regard to the target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The duties under the Act include establishing schemes for making payments to farmers, landowners and others in lieu of funding via European Union schemes following the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the union.
The majority of MPs also voted against the introduction of an interim greenhouse gas emissions target for 2030 which would provide for agriculture and associated land use to reduce and sequester climate change emissions in a manner commensurate with meeting the target for 2050.
MPs were considering the Agriculture Bill.
The motion supported by the majority of MPs in this vote was:
- That this House disagrees with Lords amendment 17.
Lords amendment 17 proposed the addition of a new clause after clause 42, to be titled: Contribution of agriculture and associated land use to climate change targets and stating:
- (1)In performing functions under this Act, the Secretary of State must have due regard to—
- (a)the target for 2050 contained in section 1 of the Climate Change Act 2008, and
- (b)international climate change treaties to which the United Kingdom is a signatory, including the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
- (2)Within 6 months of the day on which this Act is passed, the Secretary of State must by regulations introduce an interim target for 2030 which would provide for agriculture and associated land use to reduce and sequester climate change emissions in a manner commensurate with meeting the target for 2050.
- (3)Within 12 months of the day on which this Act is passed, the Secretary of State must lay before Parliament a strategy outlining the policies Her Majesty’s Government will pursue to meet the interim target for 2030.
- (4)Before fulfilling the requirements under subsections (2) and (3), the Secretary of State must—
- (a)consult the devolved authorities, and
- (b)obtain, and take into account, the advice of the Committee on Climate Change.
- (5)Regulations under subsection (2) are subject to affirmative resolution procedure.
- (6)In this section—“Committee on Climate Change” means the body established under section 32 of the Climate Change Act 2008; “devolved authorities” has the meaning outlined in section 40 of this Act.”
-  Parliament's webapage on the Agriculture Bill, Parliament.uk website
-  Lords amendments to the Agriculture Bill, 5 October 2020, Parliament.uk website
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.
What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.
What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.
|Party||Majority (Aye)||Minority (No)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||342 (+2 tell)||1||0||94.8%|
|Lab||0||190 (+2 tell)||0||95.0%|
|Simon Hoare||North Dorset||Con (front bench)||no|