Agriculture (Retained EU Law and Data) Scotland Bill

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The Agriculture (Retained EU Law and Data) (Scotland) Bill was introduced on 6 November 2019 by Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy, Fergus Ewing MSP.

Overview

The Bill gives powers for Scottish Ministers, by regulation to:

    • Make changes to “simplify or improve the operation of” any part of the CAP legislation.
    • Provide for the continued operation of the CAP legislation in domestic law in Scotland post-2020, with power to change how it operates and its financial provisions. For example, Scottish Ministers may by regulations set national ceilings for spending beyond 2020, modulate budgets (move money) between Pillar 1 and Pillar 2, and set a cap on payments paid to a single recipient.
    • Revoke, suspend or modify legislation on public intervention and private storage aid, which currently allows Governments to intervene in the market under exceptional circumstances to buy up and/or store products to support agricultural producers.
    • Amend the conditions for aid to fruit and vegetable producer organisations in ways that would simplify or improve the operation of this legislation.
    • Revoke the EU Food Promotion scheme.
    • Change the requirements for food marketed in Scotland.
    • Amend the classifications for beef, pig and sheep carcasses.
    • Amend the definition of agricultural activity.
    • Make requirements of people engaged in agricultural activity and in the agricultural supply chain to provide information on their activities.
    • Impose additional requirements for providing information.

A full SPICe briefing on the Bill is available.

Lead Committee: Rural Economy and Connectivity

Stage 1 consideration

Date Action
15 January 2020 Agriculture (Retained EU Law and Data) (Scotland) Bill fifth evidence session.
18 December 2019 Agriculture (Retained EU Law and Data) (Scotland) Bill fourth evidence session.
4 December 2019 Agriculture (Retained EU Law and Data) (Scotland) Bill third evidence session.
27 November 2019 Agriculture (Retained EU Law and Data) (Scotland) Bill second evidence session.
20 November 2019 Agriculture (Retained EU Law and Data) (Scotland) Bill first evidence session.