Select Committee on Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Seventeenth Report


2 APRIL 2003

By the Select Committee appointed to report whether the provisions of any bill inappropriately delegate legislative power, or whether they subject the exercise of legislative power to an inappropriate degree of parliamentary scrutiny; to report on documents and draft orders laid before Parliament under the Regulatory Reform Act 2001; and to perform, in respect of such documents and orders and subordinate provisions orders laid under that Act, the functions performed in respect of other instruments by the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments.[1]




1.  On 16 July 2002, the Government laid before Parliament a proposal for a draft Regulatory Reform (Sugar Beet Research and Education) Order 2003, together with a Statement by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. We reported on the Government's proposal on 16 October 2002.[2]

2.  The purpose of the order is to amend the provisions of the Food Act 1984 ("the 1984 Act") concerning ministerial functions in respect of sugar beet (contained in sections 68, 69 and 69A). Section 68 of the 1984 Act places on the Minister the responsibility for preparing and putting into effect an annual programme for "carrying out research and education in matters affecting home-grown sugar beet". The order repeals section 68 in so far as it extends to England and Wales. The proposed change was announced in December 1998, and the sugar beet industry has since established its own research body (the British Beet Research Organisation), funded jointly by sugar beet growers and British Sugar.

3.  The National Assembly for Wales gave full consent to the order on 4 March 2003. The order does not extend to Scotland because the provisions of section 68 fall within Scottish devolved competence.

4.  In our earlier report, we recommended no changes to the draft which we considered. No amendments have been made to the draft by the Government.


5.  In our first Report on this proposal, we concluded that it was appropriate to be made under the Regulatory Reform Act 2001. We remain of this view, and therefore recommend that the order, as it now stands, is in a form satisfactory to be submitted to the House for affirmative resolution.

1   This report is also published on the Internet at the House of Lords Select Committee Home Page (, where further information about the work of the Committee is also available. Back

2   27th Report, HL Paper 172, Session 2001-02. Back

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