Consultation on changes to the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) Order 2008

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Closes 10 Jan 2022

2. Confidentiality, data protection and questions about you

2.1 A summary of responses to this consultation will be published on the UK Government website at: and can also be downloaded through a link on the Devolved Administrations’ websites. An annex to the consultation summary will list all organisations that responded but will not include personal names, addresses or other contact details.

2.2 Defra may publish the content of your response to this consultation to make it available to the public without your personal name and private contact details (e.g. home address, email address, etc.).

2.3 If you click on ‘Yes’ in response to the question asking if you would like anything in your response to be kept confidential, you will be asked to state clearly what information you would like to be kept confidential and explain your reasons for confidentiality.  The reason for this is that information in responses to this consultation may be subject to release to the public or other parties in accordance with laws governing access to information, which are primarily the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR), the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) and the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA). We have obligations, mainly under the EIR, FOIA and DPA, to disclose information to recipients or to the public in certain circumstances. In view of this, your explanation of your reasons for requesting confidentiality for all or part of your response would help us balance these obligations for disclosure against any obligation of confidentiality. If we receive a request for the information that you have provided in your response to this consultation, we will take full account of your reasons for requesting confidentiality of your response, but we cannot guarantee that confidentiality can be maintained in all circumstances.

2.4 If you click on ‘No’ in response to the question asking if you would like anything in your response to be kept confidential, we will be able to release the content of your response to the public, but we will not make your personal name and private contact details publicly available.

2.5 Consultation responses will be shared with the Scottish Government, the Welsh Government and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in Northern Ireland, each of whom will handle the data according to their individual privacy policies and in line with the Data Protection Act 2018[1]. Each administration’s privacy notice may be found here:

2.6 There may be occasions when Defra will share the information you provide in response to the consultation with external analysts, including any personal data. This is for the purposes of consultation response analysis and provision of a report of the summary of responses only.

2.7 This consultation is being conducted in line with the Cabinet Office “Consultation Principles” which can be found at: If you have any comments or complaints about the consultation process, please address them to:

The Consultation Co-ordinator


2 Marsham Street



Or email: 

1. Would you like your response to be confidential?
2. What is your name (first name and surname)?
3. What is your email address?
4. Please tell us who you are responding as, selecting from the following (please select all options that are relevant to you):
5. If responding on behalf of an organisation, please provide the name of the organisation you are responding for.
6. Please indicate which location your response relates to, selecting from the following (select all that apply):
7. Are you a levy payer? A levy payer is a farmer, grower, processor, merchant, or related supply chain business in the UK who pays a statutory levy specifically to the AHDB for services in the following sectors: Cereals and Oilseeds (across the UK), Beef, Sheep and Pigs (in England), and Dairy, Horticulture and Potatoes (in Great Britain)
8. If you are a levy payer, for which sectors do you pay a levy? Please select as many from the following as are relevant:
9. Are you content to be contacted about your consultation response after the consultation has closed?