3.This draft Legislative Reform Order (LRO) has been laid by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) with an Explanatory Document (ED). It is proposed to be made under sections 1 and 2 of the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act 2006 (“the 2006 Act”), which allows a Minister to make provision by order for removing or reducing any burden resulting directly or indirectly from legislation, or for promoting regulatory principles. It is also proposed to be subject to the affirmative resolution procedure.
4.Defra states that the purpose of the draft LRO is to amend the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966, which makes provision relating to the constitution of the governing body of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), the RCVS Council (“the Council”). The changes proposed in the draft LRO affect the composition, membership, size and structure of the Council. The LRO proposes that:
5.We are satisfied, on the basis of the explanations provided in the ED, that the draft Order meets the tests set out in the 2006 Act and is appropriate for the Legislative Reform Order procedure; and that the affirmative procedure which Defra has proposed is also appropriate.
6.We commend Defra on a well-presented and informative Explanatory Document, and on its inclusion of helpful Keeling Schedules.