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  1. Introductory Text

  2. PART 1 Financial assistance

    1. CHAPTER 1 New financial assistance powers

      1. 1.Secretary of State's powers to give financial assistance

      2. 2.Financial assistance: forms, conditions, delegation and publication of information

      3. 3.Financial assistance: checking, enforcing and monitoring

      4. 4.Multi-annual financial assistance plans

      5. 5.Annual and other reports on amount of financial assistance given

      6. 6.Monitoring impact of financial assistance etc

    2. CHAPTER 2 Direct payments after EU exit

      1. 7.Meaning of “basic payment scheme” and other expressions in Chapter 2

      2. 8.The agricultural transition period for England and the termination of relevant payments

      3. 9.Power to modify legislation governing the basic payment scheme

      4. 10.Power to provide for the continuation of the basic payment scheme beyond 2020

      5. 11.Power to provide for phasing out direct payments

      6. 12.Power to make delinked payments

      7. 13.Power to provide for lump sum payments in lieu of relevant payments

    3. CHAPTER 3 Other financial support after EU exit

      1. 14.General provision connected with payments to farmers and other beneficiaries

      2. 15.Aid for fruit and vegetable producer organisations

      3. 16.Support for rural development

      4. 17.Continuing EU programmes: power to provide financial assistance

      5. 18.Retained direct EU legislation

  3. PART 2 Food and agricultural markets

    1. CHAPTER 1 Food security

      1. 19.Duty to report to Parliament on UK food security

    2. CHAPTER 2 Intervention in agricultural markets

      1. 20.Declaration relating to exceptional market conditions

      2. 21.Exceptional market conditions: powers available to Secretary of State

      3. 22.Modification of certain retained direct EU legislation in connection with exceptional market conditions and for general purposes

  4. PART 3 Transparency and fairness in the agri-food supply chain

    1. CHAPTER 1 Collection and sharing of data

      1. 23.Agri-food supply chains: requirement to provide information

      2. 24.Meaning of “agri-food supply chain”

      3. 25.Requirement must specify purposes for which information may be processed

      4. 26.Requirements under section 23(1): duty to publish draft requirement

      5. 27.Provision of required information and limitations on its processing

      6. 28.Enforcement of information requirements

    2. CHAPTER 2 Fair dealing with agricultural producers and others in the supply chain

      1. 29.Fair dealing obligations of business purchasers of agricultural products

    3. CHAPTER 3 Producer organisations

      1. 30.Producer and interbranch organisations etc: application for recognition

      2. 31.Recognised organisations: competition exemptions and further provision

      3. 32.Regulations under sections 30 and 31

  5. PART 4 Matters relating to farming and the countryside

    1. 33.Fertilisers

    2. 34.Identification and traceability of animals

    3. 35.Red meat levy: payments between levy bodies in Great Britain

    4. 36.Agricultural tenancies

  6. PART 5 Agricultural products

    1. 37.Marketing standards

    2. 38.Organic products

    3. 39.Organic products: supplementary

    4. 40.Carcass classification

    5. 41.Power to reproduce modifications under section 37 for wine sector

    6. 42.Reports relating to free trade agreements

  7. PART 6 WTO Agreement on Agriculture

    1. 43.Power to make regulations for securing compliance with WTO Agreement on Agriculture: general

    2. 44.Regulations under section 43: limits on provision of domestic support in the United Kingdom

    3. 45.Regulations under section 43: classification of domestic support

  8. PART 7 Wales and Northern Ireland

    1. 46.Wales

    2. 47.Duration of provision in relation to Wales

    3. 48.Northern Ireland

  9. PART 8 General and final provisions

    1. 49.Data protection

    2. 50.Regulations

    3. 51.Interpretation

    4. 52.Consequential amendments

    5. 53.Power to make consequential etc provision

    6. 54.Power to make transitional etc provision

    7. 55.Financial provision

    8. 56.Extent

    9. 57.Commencement

    10. 58.Short title

  10. SCHEDULES

    1. SCHEDULE 1

      Agricultural sectors relevant to producer organisation provisions

      1. Dairy Beef Sheep Goats Pig Poultry Eggs Cereals Fruit and...

    2. SCHEDULE 2

      Recognised organisations: competition exclusions

      1. 1.Schedule 3 to the Competition Act 1998 (general exclusions) is...

      2. 2.(1) Paragraph 9 (agricultural products) is amended as follows.

      3. 3.After paragraph 9, insert— (1) The Chapter 1 prohibition does not apply to an...

    3. SCHEDULE 3

      Agricultural tenancies

      1. PART 1 Amendments to the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986

        1. Introductory

          1. 1.The Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 is amended as follows.

        2. Notices relating to third party determination of rent

          1. 2.(1) Section 12 (arbitration or third party determination of rent)...

          2. 3.(1) Schedule 2 (arbitration or third party determination of rent:...

        3. Appointment of arbitrators etc

          1. 4.In section 12 (arbitration or third party determination of rent),...

          2. 5.(1) Section 22 (rights to require certain records to be...

          3. 6.(1) Section 84 (arbitrations) is amended as follows.

        4. Requests for landlord's consent or variation of terms

          1. 7.Before section 20 insert— Disputes relating to requests for landlord's...

        5. Arbitration or third party determination of rent: relevant factors

          1. 8.(1) In Schedule 2 (arbitration or third party determination of...

        6. Notices to quit: cases where consent of tribunal not required

          1. 9.In Part 1 of Schedule 3 (cases where consent of...

        7. Succession on death or retirement: condition relating to occupation of commercial unit

          1. 10.In section 35 (application of sections 36 to 48), in...

          2. 11.(1) Section 36 (right of any eligible person to apply...

          3. 12.In section 41 (application by not fully eligible person), in...

          4. 13.(1) Section 50 (right to apply for new tenancy on...

          5. 14.Omit section 58 (effect of direction under section 53 on...

          6. 15.(1) Section 59 (interpretation of Part 4) is amended as...

          7. 16.Omit Schedule 6 (eligibility to apply for new tenancy).

        8. Succession on death or retirement: condition relating to suitability

          1. 17.In section 39 (applications for tenancy of holding), for subsection...

          2. 18.(1) Section 53 (application for tenancy of holding by nominated...

        9. Succession on retirement: minimum age of retiring tenant

          1. 19.In section 51 (cases excluded from operation of section 50(1))...

          2. 20.In section 53 (application for tenancy of holding by nominated...

        10. Regulations and orders

          1. 21.(1) Section 94 (orders and regulations) is amended as follows....

      2. PART 2 Amendments to the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995

        1. Introductory

          1. 22.The Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995 is amended as follows.

        2. Appointment of arbitrators

          1. 23.(1) Section 12 (appointment of arbitrator) is amended as follows....

          2. 24.(1) Section 19 (references to arbitration of certain disputes) is...

          3. 25.(1) Section 22 (settlement of claims for disputes) is amended...

          4. 26.(1) Section 28 (resolution of disputes) is amended as follows....

          5. 27.(1) Section 30 (general provisions applying to arbitrations) is amended...

          6. 28.In section 38 (interpretation), in subsection (1), for the definition...

          7. 29.In section 39 (index)— (a) after the entry relating to...

    4. SCHEDULE 4

      Agricultural products relevant to marketing standards provisions

      1. Milk and milk products

      2. Spreadable fats

      3. Beef and veal

      4. Poultry and poultrymeat

      5. Eggs and egg products

      6. Fruit and vegetables, other than olives

      7. Olive oil and table olives

      8. Hops

      9. Wine

      10. Aromatised wine

      11. Interpretation

    5. SCHEDULE 5

      Provision relating to Wales

      1. PART 1 Financial support after EU exit

        1. Direct payments after EU exit: interpretation

          1. 1.(1) This paragraph defines or explains expressions used in this...

        2. Power to modify legislation governing the basic payment scheme

          1. 2.(1) The Welsh Ministers may by regulations modify legislation governing...

        3. Power to provide for the continuation of the basic payment scheme beyond 2020

          1. 3.(1) The Welsh Ministers may by regulations modify legislation governing...

        4. Other financial support: modification in relation to Wales of general provision connected with payments to farmers and other beneficiaries

          1. 4.(1) The Welsh Ministers may by regulations modify the following...

        5. Apiculture

          1. 5.(1) The Welsh Ministers may by regulations modify any of...

        6. Support for rural development: modification of legislation in relation to Wales

          1. 6.(1) The Welsh Ministers may by regulations modify any of...

      2. PART 2 Intervention in agricultural markets

        1. Declaration relating to exceptional market conditions

          1. 7.(1) The Welsh Ministers may make and publish a declaration...

        2. Exceptional market conditions: powers available to Welsh Ministers

          1. 8.(1) This paragraph applies during the period for which a...

        3. Power to modify retained direct EU legislation relating to public market intervention and private storage aid

          1. 9.(1) The Welsh Ministers may by regulations modify retained direct...

      3. PART 3 Collection and sharing of data

        1. Agri-food supply chains: requirement to provide information

          1. 10.(1) The Welsh Ministers may require a person in, or...

        2. Meaning of “agri-food supply chain”

          1. 11.(1) This paragraph has effect for the purposes of this...

        3. Requirement must specify purposes for which information may be processed

          1. 12.(1) This paragraph applies to a requirement imposed under paragraph...

        4. Requirements under paragraph 10(1): duty to publish draft requirement

          1. 13.(1) Before a particular requirement is imposed under paragraph 10(1),...

        5. Provision of required information and limitations on its processing

          1. 14.(1) This paragraph applies to a requirement imposed under paragraph...

        6. Enforcement of information requirements

          1. 15.(1) The Welsh Ministers may by regulations make provision for...

      4. PART 4 Marketing standards and carcass classification

        1. Marketing standards

          1. 16.(1) The Welsh Ministers may by regulations, in relation to...

        2. Agricultural products

          1. 17.(1) The agricultural products mentioned in paragraph 16(1) are products...

        3. Carcass classification

          1. 18.(1) The Welsh Ministers may by regulations make provision about...

      5. PART 5 Data protection

        1. 19.(1) This paragraph applies to a duty or power to...

    6. SCHEDULE 6

      Provision relating to Northern Ireland

      1. PART 1 Financial support after EU exit

        1. Direct payments after EU Exit: interpretation

          1. 1.(1) This paragraph defines or explains expressions used in this...

        2. Power to modify legislation governing the basic payment scheme

          1. 2.(1) DAERA may by regulations modify legislation governing the basic...

        3. Power to provide for the continuation of the basic payment scheme beyond 2020

          1. 3.(1) DAERA may by regulations modify legislation governing the basic...

        4. Power to modify legislation governing the coupled support scheme

          1. 4.(1) DAERA may by regulations modify legislation governing the coupled...

        5. General provision connected with payments to farmers and other beneficiaries: modification in relation to Northern Ireland

          1. 5.(1) DAERA may by regulations modify any of the following...

        6. Apiculture

          1. 6.(1) DAERA may by regulations modify any of the following...

        7. Support for rural development: modification of legislation in relation to Northern Ireland

          1. 7.(1) DAERA may by regulations modify any of the following...

      2. PART 2 Intervention in agricultural markets

        1. Exceptional market conditions: powers available to DAERA

          1. 8.(1) Where DAERA considers that— (a) there is a severe...

        2. Power to modify retained direct EU legislation relating to public market intervention and private storage aid

          1. 9.(1) DAERA may by regulations modify retained direct EU legislation...

      3. PART 3 Collection and sharing of data

        1. Agri-food supply chains: requirement to provide information

          1. 10.(1) DAERA may require a person in, or closely connected...

        2. Meaning of “agri-food supply chain”

          1. 11.(1) This paragraph has effect for the purposes of this...

        3. Requirement must specify purposes for which information may be processed

          1. 12.(1) This paragraph applies to a requirement imposed under paragraph...

        4. Requirements under paragraph 10(1): duty to publish draft requirement

          1. 13.(1) Before a particular requirement is imposed under paragraph 10(1),...

        5. Provision of required information and limitations on its processing

          1. 14.(1) This paragraph applies to a requirement imposed under paragraph...

        6. Enforcement of information requirements

          1. 15.(1) DAERA may by regulations make provision for enforcement of...

      4. PART 4 Marketing standards and carcass classification

        1. Marketing standards

          1. 16.(1) DAERA may by regulations, in relation to agricultural products...

        2. Agricultural products

          1. 17.(1) The agricultural products mentioned in paragraph 16(1) are products...

        3. Carcass classification

          1. 18.(1) DAERA may by regulations make provision about the classification,...

      5. PART 5 Data protection

        1. 19.(1) This paragraph applies to a duty or power to...

    7. SCHEDULE 7

      The CMO Regulation: consequential amendments

      1. PART 1 Exceptional market conditions: England

        1. 1.In consequence of the provision made by sections 20 and...

      2. PART 2 Exceptional market conditions: Wales

        1. 2.In consequence of the provision made by paragraphs 7 and...

      3. PART 3 Marketing standards and carcass classification: England

        1. 3.In consequence of the provision made in Part 5, the...

        2. 4.In Article 19 (public intervention and aid for private storage:...

        3. 5.In Article 20 (public intervention and aid for private storage:...

        4. 6.In Article 21 (public intervention and aid for private storage:...

        5. 7.In Article 73 (marketing standards: scope), at the end insert—...

        6. 8.In Article 75 (marketing standards: establishment and content), at the...

        7. 9.In Article 78 (definitions, designations and sales descriptions for certain...

        8. 10.In Article 80 (oenological practices and methods of analysis), at...

        9. 11.In Article 86 (reservation, amendment and cancellation of optional reserved...

        10. 12.In Article 91 (implementing powers in accordance with the examination...

        11. 13.In Article 119 (labelling and presentation in the wine sector:...

        12. 14.In Article 122 (labelling and presentation in the wine sector:...

        13. 15.In Article 123 (implementing powers in accordance with the examination...

        14. 16.Regulations made by the European Commission under—

        15. 17.Regulations made by the European Commission under Section 1 or...

      4. PART 4 Marketing standards and carcass classification: Wales

        1. 18.In consequence of the provision made in Part 4 of...

        2. 19.In Article 19 (public intervention and aid for private storage:...

        3. 20.In Article 20 (public intervention and aid for private storage:...

        4. 21.In Article 21 (public intervention and aid for private storage:...

        5. 22.In Article 73 (marketing standards: scope), at the end (and...

        6. 23.In Article 75 (marketing standards: establishment and content), at the...

        7. 24.In Article 78 (definitions, designations and sales descriptions for certain...

        8. 25.In Article 80 (oenological practices and methods of analysis), at...

        9. 26.In Article 86 (reservation, amendment and cancellation of optional reserved...

        10. 27.In Article 91 (implementing powers in accordance with the examination...

        11. 28.In Article 119 (labelling and presentation in the wine sector:...

        12. 29.In Article 122 (labelling and presentation in the wine sector:...

        13. 30.In Article 123 (implementing powers in accordance with the examination...

        14. 31.Regulations made by the European Commission under—

        15. 32.Regulations made by the European Commission under Section 1 or...

      5. PART 5 Marketing standards and carcass classification: Northern Ireland

        1. 33.In consequence of the provision made in Part 4 of...

        2. 34.In Article 19 (public intervention and aid for private storage:...

        3. 35.In Article 20 (public intervention and aid for private storage:...

        4. 36.In Article 21 (public intervention and aid for private storage:...

        5. 37.In Article 73 (marketing standards: scope), at the end (and...

        6. 38.In Article 75 (marketing standards: establishment and content), at the...

        7. 39.In Article 78 (definitions, designations and sales descriptions for certain...

        8. 40.In Article 80 (oenological practices and methods of analysis), at...

        9. 41.In Article 86 (reservation, amendment and cancellation of optional reserved...

        10. 42.In Article 91 (implementing powers in accordance with the examination...

        11. 43.In Article 119 (labelling and presentation in the wine sector:...

        12. 44.In Article 122 (labelling and presentation in the wine sector:...

        13. 45.In Article 123 (implementing powers in accordance with the examination...

        14. 46.Regulations made by the European Commission under—

        15. 47.Regulations made by the European Commission under Section 1 or...

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