1.The Committee has asked the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for a memorandum on the following point:
Explain the inclusion of the reference to regulation 8 of the Conservation of Habitat and Species Regulations 2010 in regulation 7 of these Regulations (inserted paragraph 5(3)) which will have been repealed when these Regulations come into force.
2.The reference in paragraph 5(3) to which the Committee refers was an error. It should have referred to regulation 8 of the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017. Those regulations, which revoke the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010, were made but not yet in force when these Regulations were made; and, as the Committee observes, they came into force on 30 November 2017, in advance of the coming into force of these Regulations on 1 April 2018. The Department regrets the error, and will correct it at the next available opportunity.
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
21 December 2017
18 January 2018