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Agriculture Act 2020

Committee stage

Session 2019-21

Looking for a marshalled list of amendments? Please go to publications.

Written submissions from outside bodies and individuals are circulated to MPs appointed to examine the Bill during committee stage in a Public Bill Committee. The following written submissions were sent to this committee.

Written Evidence: Key stakeholders on Dartmoor (Dartmoor Hill Pony) (AB01)
12 February 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) (AB02)
12 February 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: Compassion in World Farming (AB03)
12 February 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: National Farmers Union of Scotland (NFU Scotland) (AB04)
12 February 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) (AB05)
12 February 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: Sustainable Food Trust (AB06)
12 February 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: The Law Society of Scotland (AB07)
12 February 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: National Pig Association (AB08)
12 February 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: NOAH (AB10)
12 February 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: Nature Friendly Farming Network (AB09)
12 February 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: The Trails Trust (AB11)
12 February 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: Mid & West Berks Local Access Forum (AB12)
12 February 2020
Commons
Written evidence: Arla Foods UK (AB14)
17 February 2020
Commons
Written evidence: Anglian Water Services Ltd (AB15)
17 February 2020
Commons
Written evidence: Pesticide Action Network UK (PAN UK) (AB16)
17 February 2020
Commons
Written evidence: RSPCA (AB17)
17 February 2020
Commons
Written evidence: Scottish Land & Estates (AB18)
17 February 2020
Commons
Written evidence: Sustain (AB19)
17 February 2020
Commons
Written evidence: Myra Bennett, British Horse Society County Access Officer, Wiltshire (AB20)
17 February 2020
Commons
Written evidence: Public Health Policy Evaluation Unit, School of Public Health, Imperial College London (AB21)
17 February 2020
Commons
Written evidence : Dairy UK (AB22)
17 February 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: Shaun Leavey OBE FRAgS (AB23)
25 February 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: British Canoeing (AB24)
25 February 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: Tenant Farmers Association (AB25)
25 February 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: The Ramblers (AB26)
25 February 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: Richard Bruce (AB27)
25 February 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: British Mountaineering Council (AB28)
25 February 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: Horse Access Campaign UK (HAC UK) (AB29)
25 February 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: Friends of the Earth England Wales and Northern Ireland (AB30)
25 February 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: Sally Crone, Committee Member of Essex Bridleways Association (AB31)
25 February 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) (AB32)
25 February 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: Byways and Bridleways Trust (AB33)
25 February 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: The Fairtrade Foundation (AB34)
25 February 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: Essex Bridleways Association (AB35)
25 February 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: NFU (AB36)
25 February 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: Agricultural Christian Fellowship (AB37)
25 February 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: Greener UK/Wildlife and Countryside Link (AB38)
25 February 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: RSPB (AB39(A))
25 February 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: Clean Air in London (AB40)
25 February 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (AB41)
25 February 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: Landworkers’ Alliance (AB42)
25 February 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: The Humane League UK (AB43)
25 February 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: Cycling UK (AB44)
25 February 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: Farmers' Union of Wales (AB45)
25 February 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: Crop Protection Association (AB46)
25 February 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: UK Pesticides Campaign (AB47)
25 February 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: RSPB supplementary (AB39(B))
25 February 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: Prof. Nigel Maxted (University of Birmingham) and Julian Hosking (Member of UK PGR Group and former member of UK FAnGR Committee) (AB48)
27 February 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: Greener UK/Wildlife and Countryside Link further submission (AB49)
27 February 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: The National Trust (AB50)
27 February 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: Tessa Burrington (AB51)
27 February 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: The Wildlife Trusts (AB52)
27 February 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: The Food Foundation (AB53)
3 March 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: Essex Local Access Forum (AB54)
3 March 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: Northern Ireland Environment Link (AB55)
3 March 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: Feeding Britain (AB56)
3 March 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) (AB57)
3 March 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: The British Horse Society (AB58)
3 March 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: Independent Food Aid Network (AB59)
3 March 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: Soil surveyors - Former members of the Soil Survey of England and Wales and Soil Survey and Land Research Centre (AB60)
3 March 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Cymru (AB61)
3 March 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) (AB62)
3 March 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: British Poultry Council (AB63)
5 March 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: Paul Gingell (AB64)
5 March 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: British Veterinary Association (AB65)
5 March 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: Mayor of London (AB67)
6 March 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: WWF-UK (AB66)
6 March 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: Robert Evans, Visiting Fellow, Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin University (AB68)
6 March 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: Key stakeholders on Dartmoor (Dartmoor Hill Pony) further submission (AB69)
6 March 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: Mayor's Fund for London (AB70)
6 March 2020
Commons

Full transcripts

12 February 2020
Commons
12 February 2020
Commons

Full transcripts

14 February 2020
Commons
14 February 2020
Commons

Full transcripts

26 February 2020
Commons
26 February 2020
Commons

Full transcripts

28 February 2020
Commons
28 February 2020
Commons

Full transcripts

4 March 2020
Commons
4 March 2020
Commons

Full transcripts

6 March 2020
Commons
Committee Debates: compilation pdf of sitting so far
9 March 2020
Commons
6 March 2020
Commons

What is committee stage?

Line by line examination of the Bill

Committee stage is where detailed examination of the Bill takes place. It usually starts within a couple of weeks of a Bill's second reading, although this is not guaranteed.

Government Bills are usually formally timetabled after they have received a second reading.

What happens at committee stage?

Most Bills are dealt with in a Public Bill Committee.

If the Bill starts in the Commons the committee is able to take evidence from experts and interest groups from outside Parliament.

Amendments (proposals for change) for discussion are selected by the chairman of the committee and only members of the committee can vote on amendments during committee stage.

Amendments proposed by MPs to the Bill will be published daily and reprinted as a marshalled list of amendments for each day the committee discusses the Bill.

Every clause in the Bill is agreed to, changed or removed from the Bill, although this may happen (particularly under a programme order) without debate.

A minority of Bills are dealt with by a Committee of the Whole House (takes place on the floor of the House of Commons), with every MP able to take part.

Bills fast tracked through the House of Commons will receive less consideration. Consolidated Fund Bills do not have a committee stage at all.

What happens after committee stage?

If the Bill has been amended the Bill is reprinted before its next stage.

Once committee stage is finished, the Bill returns to the floor of the House of Commons for its report stage, where the amended Bill can be debated and further amendments proposed.