S.I. 2003/1157: memorandum from the Department
for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Plant Health (Amendment) (England) Order 2003
116. The Plant Health (Amendment) (England) Order
2003 amends various schedules to the Plant Health (Great Britain)
Order 1993 ("the principal Order").
117. The principal Order is subject to a number
of previous amending Orders; a consolidating measure is therefore
desirable. In view of this, the Department made significant progress
in drafting a consolidated Plant Health Order.
118. However, a new Directive (Directive 2002/89/EC
(OJ No. L355, 30.12.02, p.45)) making wholesale changes to the
plant health import regime from 1st January 2005, necessitates
substantial revision of the Plant Health Order. The Department
has already commenced work on the implementation of this Directive.
119. In view of the circumstances outlined above,
the Department has decided to focus its attention on implementing
Directive 2002/89/EC in the context of a new and consolidated
Plant Health Order, rather than consolidating existing plant health
legislation at this stage, to be followed by implementation of
16th April 2003