The DRAFT Bill Outline, posted for C S Craig.

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The DRAFT Bill Outline, posted for C S Craig.

Postby PNB » Fri Feb 19, 2010 6:49 pm

Responsibility and Cost Sharing Programme
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Area 5E, 9 Millbank
c/o Nobel House
17 Smith Square
London SW1P 3JR
Web: ... /index.htm
25 January 2010
Dear Consultee
I am writing to invite views on the draft Animal Health Bill, which Government published on 25 January 2010 for pre-legislative scrutiny. The draft Bill will help implement Government plans for responsibility and cost sharing (RCS) in animal health by building greater responsibility sharing. Cost sharing measures will be introduced by the Government under a future Finance Bill, which is not the subject of this consultation. Your comments on the draft Bill are very welcome, especially on whether it would be effective in achieving our desired outcomes. How to reply is set out below. The deadline for responses is Monday 19 April 2010.
The Draft Bill Document
The Draft Bill has been laid in Parliament as a Command Paper, which includes detailed Explanatory Notes and an Impact Assessment of the costs and benefits of the proposals. The document has been published online here: ... 4/7784.asp
Publishing for pre-legislative scrutiny
The Government increasingly publishes Bills in draft for pre-legislative scrutiny before they are formally introduced in Parliament. This aims to improve the scrutiny of Bills and draw the wider public more effectively into the Parliamentary process. We expect that Parliament’s Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee will give some time to scrutinising our draft Bill. We have also set up a Responsibility and Cost Sharing Advisory Group (see below) to help us develop our proposals. Their views will help refine the Bill for introduction. Finally, we are inviting comments on the draft Bill from all those with an interest in improving animal health and welfare.
About the draft Bill
The proposals in our draft Bill aim to improve the effectiveness and efficiency with which animal disease, and the risk of disease incursions, is managed in England, through the greater involvement of those directly affected: keepers of livestock and other animals.
The main provisions of the draft Bill will:

establish the “Animal Health Organisation” to take over from Defra responsibility for animal health policy and delivery in England;

put on a statutory footing the role of the Chief Veterinary Officer (UK), who will be based in Defra;

simplify existing provisions on payments for animals slaughtered, or things seized or destroyed, for disease control purposes in England and Wales. It will also introduce express provisions to allow reductions in payments where a person has contributed to the spread of disease or breached relevant regulations; and

broaden existing powers in England and Wales to collect and test veterinary samples and vaccinate animals to help in disease management.
We consulted last year on measures requiring the livestock sector to pay for some of the animal disease monitoring and prevention costs currently met through expenditure incurred by Defra. Building greater responsibility sharing through the establishment of the proposed Animal Health Organisation will only help to bring about the essential behaviour change we are seeking in the livestock sector in relation to risk if suitable financial contributions and incentives are also introduced. The necessary cost sharing measures will be introduced by the Government under a future Finance Bill.
The proposals in this draft Bill have been developed from a lengthy period of consultations, debates and reports. RCS policy emerged in response to Sir Iain Anderson’s Inquiry into the 2001 Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak, which called for a fairer sharing of the costs of disease between industry and the taxpayer. Greater responsibility and cost sharing between Government and industry is also a key theme in Government’s Animal Health and Welfare Strategy for Great Britain, launched in 2004. In that light, we worked with all those with an interest to formulate practical RCS proposals.
Implications for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
The draft Bill is primarily about creating an RCS framework for England, introducing the Animal Health Organisation to that end. However, some provisions have implications for, and could extend to, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Responding to the consultation
Please send any comments on the draft Bill by Monday 19 April 2010, to:
By email:
By post:
Animal Health Bill Team
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Area 5E, 9 Millbank
c/o Nobel House
17 Smith Square
London SW1P 3JR
If you require a hard copy of the Draft Bill Document, please contact us at the above address.
In reviewing and commenting on the draft Bill you may want to have a discussion within your organisation or sector on the proposals. Defra officials or RCS Advisory Group representatives may be able to attend such meetings on request. Please contact us at the above address if you would like such input.
The RCS Advisory Group and the draft Bill
Defra’s Secretary of State has appointed an Advisory Group, in consultation with industry leaders, to advise him on how best to realise RCS in England. This group is advising on how to put real partnership working into practice under the sponsorship of new Animal Health Organisation. It will look at the constitution of the new body, how it works and how best to align its responsibilities to those of Defra.
The 16 members of the Advisory Group, together with its independent chair Rosemary Radcliffe, have broad ranging experience and expertise in governance, livestock farming, the veterinary profession, public health and consumer interests. The Chief Veterinary Officer, Nigel Gibbens, is an ex-officio member, and Kevin Pearce of the National Farmers’ Union is a co-opted member. The Advisory Group is seeking information and expert views from numerous sources and individuals, in- and outside of Defra, reporting its findings to the Secretary of State in December 2010.
Consultees may wish to contact the member relevant to their sector via the member’s representative body to discuss the proposals. A list of members can be found here: ... embers.htm.
Consultation process and publishing responses
This consultation is in line with the Code of Practice on Consultations, which can be found at: When the consultation ends, we intend to put copies of the responses in the Defra library at Ergon House, London, so the public can see them. Members of the public may also ask for copies under Freedom of Information legislation.
If you do not want your response, including your name, contact details and any other personal information, to be publicly available, please say so clearly in writing when you send your response to the consultation. Please note that if your computer automatically includes a confidentiality disclaimer, it will not count as a confidentiality request. Please explain why you need to keep details confidential. We will take your reasons into account if someone asks for this information under Freedom of Information legislation. But, because of the law, we cannot promise we will always be able to keep those details confidential.
We will summarise all responses and place this summary on our website at This summary will include a list of names of organisations that responded but not people’s personal names, addresses or other contact details. To see consultation responses and summaries, please write to the library at: Defra, Information Resource Centre, Lower Ground Floor Ergon House, c/o 17 Smith Square, London SW1P 3JR; telephone 020 7238 6575; or email Please give the library 24 hours’ notice. There is a charge for photocopying and postage.
If you have any comments or complaints about the consultation process, please address them to Defra’s Consultation Co-ordinator, Area 7C Nobel House, 17 Smith Square, London SW1P 3JR, or email
Yours faithfully
Gavin Ross
Responsibility and Cost Sharing Programme Manager

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Postby csc » Sat Feb 20, 2010 6:59 am

thank you peter

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