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Volume 703: debated on Thursday 10 July 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Why the Architects (Recognition of European Qualifications etc and Saving and Transitional Provision) Regulations 2008 (SI 2008/1331) contain, in Section 5A(2) of the Architects Act 1997 inserted by Regulation 8, a prohibition on charging a fee for registration of architects established in a European state and wishing to practise on a temporary and occasional basis in the United Kingdom, while the Farriers’ Qualifications (European Recognition) Regulations 2008 (SI 2008/646) do not. [HL4459]

In the Farriers’ Qualifications (European Recognition) Regulations 2008 (SI 2008/646), Regulation 4 inserts subsection (5) into Section 4 of the Farriers (Registration) Act 1975:

“(5) No fee may be prescribed under subsection (1)(a) in respect of registration under section 7(6), and no fee may be prescribed under subsection (1)(b) in respect of retention in the register of the name of a person registered under section 7(6)”.

Section 7(6) of the Act provides:

“(6) Subject to section 15, a person is entitled to be registered in Part V of the register if the person has the benefit of regulation 8 of the European Communities (Recognition of Professional Qualifications) Regulations 2007 in connection with the provision by the person of services as a farrier on a temporary and occasional basis (the person having complied with any requirements imposed under Part 2 of those Regulations in connection with the provision by the person of services as a farrier)”.

Therefore, there is a prohibition against charging for registration as a farrier in respect of provision of services on a temporary and occasional basis, as required by Article 6(a) of Directive 2005/36/EC.