Trade Bill — After Clause 6 — Trade And Agriculture Commission: Advisory Functions — 19 Jan 2021 at 18:04

The majority of MPs voted not to require the Government to request advice from the Trade and Agriculture Commission on human life and health matters when preparing a report on if a free trade agreement relating to agricultural products maintains United Kingdom levels of statutory protection in areas including health and the environment.

MPs were considering the Trade Bill.[1][2]

The amendment accepted by the majority of MPs in this vote

  • Amendment (a) proposed to Lords amendment 10

Lords amendment 10[3] stated:

  • Insert the following new Clause—
  • Trade and Agriculture Commission: advisory functions
  • (1) Section 42 of the Agriculture Act 2020 is amended as follows.
  • (2) After subsection (4), insert—
  • “(4A) In preparing the report, the Secretary of State must—
  • (a) request advice from the Trade and Agriculture Commission on the matters referred to in subsection (2), and
  • (b) publish the request, together with any associated terms of reference or guidance.
  • (4B) Before laying the report, the Secretary of State must lay before Parliament any advice received in response to a request under subsection (4A).”
  • (3) In subsection (5)—
  • (a) after “report” insert “or advice received in response to a request under subsection (4A)”;
  • (b) omit “of it”;
  • (c) in paragraph (d) after “report” insert “or advice”.
  • (4) After subsection (6), insert—
  • “(6A) On or before the third anniversary of IP completion day and at least once every three years thereafter, the Secretary of State must review the operation of subsections (4A) and (4B) and consider whether to make regulations under subsection (6B).
  • (6B) The Secretary of State may by regulations repeal subsections (4A),
  • (4B) and (6A), and amend subsection (5) to remove reference to advice requested in accordance with subsection (4A).
  • (6C) Regulations under subsection (6B) are subject to the affirmative resolution procedure and may not come into force before the third anniversary of IP completion day.””

Section 42 of the Agriculture Act 2020[4] began:

  • A free trade agreement that includes measures applicable to trade in agricultural products may not be laid before Parliament under Part 2 of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010 unless the Secretary of State has first laid a report complying with subsection (2) before Parliament.

Amendment (a) to Lords amendment 10 stated[5]:

  • Line 6, after “subsection (2)” insert “except insofar as they relate to human life or health”

The amendment approved in this vote removed a requirement for the Government to request advice from the Trade and Agriculture Commission on human life and health matters when preparing a report on if a free trade agreement that includes measures applicable to trade in agricultural products maintains UK levels of statutory protection for the life and health of humans, animals and plants, animal welfare and the environment.

The motion supported by the majority of MPs in this vote was:

  • That the amendment be made.

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Debate in Parliament |

Party Summary

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.

PartyMajority (Aye)Minority (No)BothTurnout
Alliance0 10100.0%
Con356 (+2 tell) 0098.4%
DUP8 00100.0%
Green0 10100.0%
Independent1 40100.0%
Lab0 197 (+2 tell)099.5%
LDem0 110100.0%
PC0 30100.0%
SDLP0 20100.0%
SNP0 470100.0%
Total:365 266098.9%

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