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Appendix 3: Expediting Defra SIs within the SLSC’s Considerations

Letter from Lord Gardiner of Kimble, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity at the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, to the Rt. Hon the Lord Trefgarne, Chairman of the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

Firstly, let me thank you for the ongoing work of both the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee’s Sub Committees. Our Departmental Statutory Instruments continue to benefit from the thorough scrutiny being applied.

I understand that due to a delay in the delivery of printed copies of SIs to the Palace of Westminster, a number were not available to your clerks when they should have been this week. For this I sincerely apologise. Steps are being taken to ensure that it does not happen again. I would also like to put on record my thanks for the efforts of your advisers in trying to rectify the situation with my officials.

Consequently, I would be extremely grateful for your assistance with expediting the urgent scrutiny of three of these instruments, as any further delay would risk our ability to pass these vital instruments before 29 March. This will protect the smooth passage of these vital instruments and allow pre-emptively scheduled debate slots to be maintained, minimising disruption to planned business.

The instruments I would ask for special consideration for are:

(1)Draft AGF/01 Food and Farming (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 Affirmative

(2)Draft AG/14 State Aid (Agriculture and Fisheries) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

(3)Draft AG-TF/02 Agriculture (Legislative Functions) (EU Exit) (No. 2) Regulations 2019

In Sub-Committee A’s 18th Report, original version of the State Aid (Agriculture and Fisheries) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 was reported on without being drawn to special attention of the House. There are no significant changes to the version re-laid at the start of this week.

I would be deeply grateful for your assistance in ensuring the Committee can consider these statutory instruments next week.

Thank you once again for your consideration, and for the continued exemplary work of your Committee. I am of course available to discuss these matters further if you have any questions or concerns, and my officials are at your disposal. I am copying this letter to the Secretary of State and to the Government Chief Whip.

15 March 2019

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