Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments Tenth Report


APPENDIX 1

Memorandum from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

BEET SEED (ENGLAND) REGULATIONS 2002 (S.I. 2002/3171)

FODDER PLANT SEED (ENGLAND) REGULATIONS 2002 (S.I. 2002/3172)

CEREAL SEED (ENGLAND) REGULATIONS 2002 (S.I. 2002/3173)

OIL AND FIBRE PLANT SEED (ENGLAND) REGULATIONS 2002 (S.I. 2002/3174)

VEGETABLE SEED (ENGLAND) REGULATIONS 2002 (S.I. 2002/3175)

SEED (REGISTRATION, LICENSING AND ENFORCEMENT) (ENGLAND) REGULATIONS 2002 (S.I. 2002/3176)

1. The Committee considered the above instruments at its meeting on 27th January and has requested a memorandum on the following point:

Given the length and complexity of these Regulations, indicate what steps the Department has taken (or intends to take) to provide guidance to those primarily affected by the requirements imposed by the legislation.

2. Guidance has been issued setting out the main differences between the previous legislation and these new seeds Regulations. This was most recently contained in a letter dated 24th January from Defra's Plant Variety Rights Office and Seeds Division sent to the people and organisations primarily affected by the requirements imposed by the legislation (see copy of this letter enclosed).*

3. This follows the detailed consultations that were held during the preparation of the new Regulations with those likely to be primarily affected by their requirements. These consultations included meetings and discussions to explain how options for the new Regulations would work. As part of the consultation meetings and discussions with the people and organisations likely to be primarily affected by their requirements of the new Regulations Defra developed with them the details of the seed certification arrangements to be included in the new Regulations.

4. Three seminars on the new Regulations are being arranged, to be held in March and April, in collaboration with the United Kingdom Seed Trade Association (UKASTA), as preparation for the start of the 2003 season of seed certification. This is the trade body which represents a significant proportion of seed companies. The seminars are aimed at those who enter seed crops and seed for certification, the activities primarily affected by the requirements imposed by the new Regulations and are open to both members and non­members of UKASTA. These seminars are being held at regional centres (Yorkshire, East Anglia and the South West) to facilitate attendance. More seminars will be arranged if demand suggests this is necessary.

5. In addition, as referred to in the January guidance letter, further guides are being prepared on specific regulated activities in conjunction with the holding of the seminars. These will be issued to the people and organisations interested in the activity concerned.

31 January 2003

* Letter not printed.


 
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