Consultation Hub

The site lists consultations that are run by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. On this site you can find, share or take part in consultations. Public participation is very important to the development of our policies so please have your say.

Open Consultations

  • Food and Drink Assimilated Law Consultation

    Foreword Leaving the European Union (EU) has given us a once-in-a-generation opportunity to review how we make and shape the United Kingdom’s (UK) regulatory framework for food and drink. We are in the process of evaluating assimilated laws inherited from the EU – previously known as...

    Closes 25 June 2024

  • Survey for the UK Best Available Techniques (UK BAT) in the Smitheries & Foundries Sector

    This survey seeks your feedback on the environmental impacts of the Smitheries and Foundries industry in the United Kingdom as part of the 'Best Available Techniques” (BAT) regime for regulated industry. The aim of the BAT process is to bring the UK Smitheries and Foundries industry up to the...

    Closes 10 July 2024

  • Survey for the UK Best Available Techniques (UK BAT) in the Ceramics Sector

    This survey seeks your feedback on the environmental impacts of the Ceramics industry in the United Kingdom as part of the 'Best Available Techniques” (BAT) regime for regulated industry. The aim of the BAT process is to bring the UK Ceramics industry up to the best standards, launching...

    Closes 10 July 2024

  • Survey for the UK Best Available Techniques (UK BAT) in the Slaughterhouses and Animal Byproducts Sector

    This survey seeks your feedback on the environmental impacts of the Slaughterhouses and Animal Byproducts industry in the United Kingdom as part of the 'Best Available Techniques” (BAT) regime for regulated industry. The aim of the BAT process is to bring the UK Slaughterhouses and Animal...

    Closes 10 July 2024

  • Consultation on UK REACH

    This public consultation on UK REACH, which launched on 16th May, will remain open throughout the pre-election period and has been extended to close on 25th July. Annex B: Use and exposure information requirements have been amended since they were published. The Government is...

    Closes 25 July 2024

Closed Consultations

  • Open access restriction at West Nab (case number 2014037142) Variation

    The Peak District National Park Authority is seeking views on proposals that will restrict public access to open access land at this site. The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CROW Act) gives a public right of access to land mapped as ‘open country’ (mountain, moor, heath and down) or...

    Closed 21 June 2024

  • Open access restriction at Willyshaw Rigg (case number 2009050253)

    Natural England is seeking views on proposals that will restrict public access to open access land at this site. The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CROW Act) gives a public right of access to land mapped as ‘open country’ (mountain, moor, heath and down) or registered common land. These...

    Closed 14 June 2024

  • Open Access Restriction at Symonds Yat - SO561156 - (case number 2024030132)

    The Forestry Commission is seeking views on proposals that will restrict public access to open access land at this site. The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CRoW Act) gives a public right of access to land mapped as ‘open country’ (mountain, moor, heath and down) or registered common land....

    Closed 24 May 2024

  • Bovine TB: Consultation on proposals to evolve badger control policy and introduce additional cattle measures

    This consultation is part of the government’s bTB Strategy. Achieving OTF status will provide tangible benefits for the cattle industry, rural communities and government. These include significant savings in combating the disease both to government and to industry, increasing the ability to trade ...

    Closed 13 May 2024

  • Wine Reforms Consultation

    Foreword Leaving the European Union has given us the opportunity to review how we make and shape the regulatory framework for food and drink. The government has delivered the first two phases of the assimilated EU law (AEUL) wine reforms. The first Statutory Instrument (SI),...

    Closed 10 May 2024

We Asked, You Said, We Did

Here are some of the issues we have consulted on and their outcomes. See all outcomes

We asked

To start the process of replacing the East Marine Plans, as agreed by the Secretary of State in April 2023, and approval to consult on the East Marine Plan Draft Statemnet of Public Particiaption. The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) held a formal consultation between 15 January 2024 and 12 February 2024.

Four engagement events were held during the consultation period, which were attended by a wide range of stakeholders from various sectors.

You said

The consensus from the consultation was that the Statement of Public Particiaption generally meets the requirements of stakeholders. No changes were required to the Draft East Marine Plan Statement of Public Participation directly however, minor changes have been made to the corresponding gov.uk webpages to reflect the representations made by stakeholders. 

We did

Following the consultation on the East Marine Plan Draft Statement of Public Participation, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has agreed to publish the East Marine Plan Statement of Public Participation.  

You can review the East marine Plan Statement of Public Participation and learn more about the process of replacing the East Marine Plan on the marine planning webpages

We asked

Defra consulted on establishing permitting regimes for the recreational targeting of bluefin tuna (BFT) in UK waters.

You said

Of the 167 responses, the vast majority of respondents (139, 83%), across all interested groups, broadly supported the proposed design for the new UK permitting regimes for the recreational targeting of BFT.

Of those respondents not in favour, the vast majority supported the concept of recreational BFT fisheries but had specific concerns about the proposed design.

We did

On the basis of the strong support to the consultation for new UK permitting regimes for the recreational targeting of BFT, Defra will bring forward the necessary legislation.

Each UK fisheries administration (FA) will determine if, and when, to introduce a BFT catch and release recreational fishery (CRRF) in its waters. We intend to open a BFT CRRF in English waters in 2024.

Our full Government response is available on GOV.UK.

We asked

Defra consulted on the scope of animal health and welfare offences that could be covered by penalty notices and elements on how the penalty regime might work in practice

You said

More than 85% of respondents to the consultation supported the view that penalty notices could be a proportionate tool to ensure compliance with animal health and welfare regulations and supported the use of penalty notices to enforce regulations across different areas of animal health and welfare legislation.

We did

As a result, we will introduce legislation to make penalty notices available as an enforcement option for named enforcers to use where appropriate for specified offences across animal health and welfare legislation.