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Agriculture: Regulations

Volume 691: debated on Thursday 26 April 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Which animal welfare, farming and environmental regulations on the National Farmers' Union priority list are being removed or improved as a result of the Government's better regulation and simplification policies; and what progress they have made towards the reduction target of 25 per cent less regulation by 2010. [HL2943]

Following earlier correspondence, the NFU's president for England and Wales wrote to the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs last autumn with a list of regulatory areas where it was believed Defra could improve on the current situation. This was submitted under the Government's simplification initiative.

The department's 2006 simplification plan, Maximising Outcomes, Minimising Burdens, identifies the simplification measures under way to deliver, by 2010, a 30 per cent reduction in the administrative burdens that Defra's regulations impose on business. The plan includes the position on those measures being taken forward that were identified by the NFU and which are expected to contribute to the 30 per cent reduction. Other NFU measures are being considered under the Government's 90-day simplification initiative and may feature in future simplification plans. The simplification plan is available from the Library of the House.