Agriculture red tape to be removed

The Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has called for views on how the government can make regulation less burdensome for businesses and others in agriculture, animal health and welfare, plant health and forestry.

This is the latest group of regulations to be reviewed under the government’s Red Tape Challenge, which was launched in April 2011 to open up government regulation to the scrutiny and challenge of the public, businesses and experts. Its overarching objective is to remove unnecessary or ineffective procedures and ensure that regulations are implemented as efficiently as possible.

Work to reduce regulatory burdens on the farming industry is already underway through the implementation of the Farming Regulation Taskforce recommendations. Farmers who consistently demonstrate high standards will be inspected less, high performance will be incentivised and unnecessary burdens reduced. The new Red Tape Challenge review will build on this work by reviewing the regulations, not just their delivery.

A particular focus of this review is to ensure that EU regulations do not impose disproportionate burdens on UK businesses. Farmers have the opportunity to share their views on EU legislation in order to inform the UK’s negotiating strategy on the new EU frameworks for animal health and plant health.

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