Fifty-second Report of Session 2017-19 Contents

Appendix 8

S.I. 2019/204; S.I. 2019/207; S.I. 2019/208; S.I. 2019/209; S.I. 2019/211; S.I. 2019/219 (Re-laid as SI 272)

Plant Breeders’ Rights (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019; Common Agricultural Policy (Direct Payments to Farmers) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019; Common Agricultural Policy (Rules for Direct Payments) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019; Fisheries (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019; Marketing of Seeds and Plant Propagating Material (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019; Official Controls (Animals, Feed and Food) (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

1.The Committee has asked the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for a memorandum on the following point:

Explain the significant delay between the making and laying of these instruments.

2.The Department recognises that in respect of these instruments a longer than usual time elapsed between making and laying, and apologises for that delay.

3.In explanation of that delay, the Committee may be aware that the Department laid an extremely high number of SIs in the period in question (over 40), and this depleted staff resources to concentrate on making. In addition, the Department experienced an unusually high number of rejections during the registration process at this time – an issue we have since resolved by increasing capability and experience in this area through generous loans and training from other departments.

4.The Department remains committed to maintaining transparency and accessibility of new legislation, and it is not our intention to expect or tolerate undue delays between signing, registering and laying made instruments.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

5 March 2019

Published: 15 March 2019