DRAFT REGULATORY REFORM (SUGAR BEET
RESEARCH AND EDUCATION) ORDER 2003
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. 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
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
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.