Agriculture (Wales) Bill

A Welsh Government Bill, introduced by Lesley Griffiths MS, Minister for Rural Affairs and North Wales, and Trefnydd. The Business Committee has remitted the Bill to the Economy, Trade, and Rural Affairs Committee.

 

About the Bill

 

The Bill includes provision for:

  • Sustainable Land Management (SLM) and also makes provision relating to support for or in connection with agriculture in Wales;
  • Allowing for Welsh Ministers to continue making agricultural support payments to farmers during a transition period (policy proposals on transition are set out in the Sustainable Farming Scheme (SFS) publication);
  • Amending the Agricultural Holdings Act (AHA) 1986 to provide tenants with a route to dispute resolution in certain circumstances;
  • Replacing the time limited powers taken for Welsh Ministers in the Agriculture Act (AA) 2020, Schedule 5, which expire in December 2024;
  • Altering the Forestry Act 1967 to give Natural Resources Wales (NRW) the power to add conditions to amend, suspend or revoke felling licenses to prevent felling that would contradict other environmental legislation; and
  • The prohibition of Snares and Glue Traps.

 

 

Further detail about the Bill can be found in its accompanying Explanatory Memorandum.

 

Current Stage

The Bill is currently at Stage 1. An explanation of the various stages of Senedd Bills is available in the Guide to the Stages of Public Bills and Acts.

 

Record of Passage in the Welsh Parliament

The following table sets out the dates for each stage of the Bill’s passage through the Senedd.

 

¬¬¬Stage 1 (Current)

 

Written consultation responses

 

Committee dates

The Economy, Trade and Rural Affairs Committee will consider the Bill on the following dates:

 

Date and Agenda

Purpose of meeting

Transcript

Senedd.TV

29 September 2022

Consideration of Approach to Stage 1 Scrutiny (Private)

Transcript

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5 October 2022

Evidence session 1

Transcript

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12 October 2022

Evidence session 2

Transcript

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20 October 2022

Evidence session 3

Evidence session 4

Transcript

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27 October 2022

Evidence session 5

Evidence session 6

Transcript

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9 November 2022

Evidence Session 7

Evidence Session 8

Evidence Session 9

Transcript

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16 November 2022

Evidence Session 10

Transcript

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24 November 2022

Consider key issues and draft recommendations for Bill report

 

 

 

The Legislation, Justice and Constitution Committee will consider the Bill on the following dates:

Date and Agenda

Purpose of meeting

Transcript

Senedd.TV

21 November 2022

Ministerial evidence session

Transcript

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The Finance Committee will consider the Bill on the following dates:

Date and Agenda

Purpose of meeting

Transcript

Senedd.TV

5 October 2022

Financial implications of the Agriculture (Wales) Bill - Private

 

 

9 November 2022

Financial implications of the Agriculture (Wales) Bill: Evidence session

Transcript

View meeting

 

Correspondence

·         Letter from the Chair to the Minister for Rural Affairs and North Wales, and Trefnydd - 28 November 2022 (PDF 78KB)

·         Letter from the Chair of the Legislation, Justice and Constitution Committee to the Minister for Rural Affairs and North Wales, and Trefnydd - 25 November 2022 (PDF 124KB)

·         Letter from Public Health Wales – 15 November 2022 (PDF 314KB)

·         Letter to Public Health Wales - 11 November 2022 (PDF 77KB)

·         Letter from the Minister for Rural Affairs and North Wales, and Trefnydd – 1 November 2022 (PDF 317KB)

·         Letter from the Minister for Rural Affairs and North Wales, and Trefnydd – 24 October 2022 (PDF 187KB)

 

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¬¬¬Bill introduced (26 September 2022)

 

Agriculture (Wales) Bill (PDF 446KB), as introduced

 

Explanatory Memorandum (PDF 3.4MB)

 

Presiding Officer’s Statement: 26 September 2022 (PDF 170KB)

 

Statement of Policy Intent (PDF 227KB)

 

Business Committee’s Report on the timetable for consideration of the Bill (PDF 39.3KB): 6 October 2022

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Contact information

Clerk: Lara Date

Phone: 0300 200 6565

 

Postal address:

Welsh Parliament

Cardiff Bay

Cardiff    

CF99 1SN

 

E-mail: SeneddEconomy@senedd.wales

Business type: Bill

Reason considered: Senedd Business;

First published: 26/09/2022

Documents

Consultations