Proposed changes to fees for statutory plant health services provided by the Animal and Plant Health Agency in England and Wales

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Closes 31 Oct 2017

Introduction

1. What is your name?

2. What is your email address?

If you enter your email address then you will automatically receive an acknowledgement email when you submit your response.

3. What is your organisation?

4. What is the size of your business?

5. Which category best describes your business?

6. Which category of plant health service is used most frequently by the business?

7. For the service you selected in question 6, please indicate how the proposed changes outlined in sections 4 – 10 of the consultation document will financially impact the business in relation to overall turnover.

8. Please provide any additional information about the financial impact on your business.

9. For the service you selected in question 6, please indicate how the proposed changes outlined in sections 4 – 10 of the consultation document will impact on the business operations and administration.

10. Please provide any additional information about the impact on your business operations and administration.

11. For the service you selected in question 6, will the business experience a cost increase as a result of the proposed changes outlined in sections 4 – 10 of the consultation document?

12. How likely is the business to manage this cost increases by:

Very unlikely
Quite unlikely
Don’t know or unsure
Quite likely
Very likely

13. Please provide any additional information about the how business will manage the cost increases.

14. For the service you selected in question 6, what impact, if any, do you expect the changes set out in the consultation document to have on the following:

No impact
Minor impact
Don't know/unsure
Moderate impact
Major impact

15. Please provide any additional information about the likely impact on the sector

16. For the service you selected in question 6, do you think that the proposed fees:

Yes
No
Don't know/unsure

17. Do you think there are other options which could achieve the objectives of making fees simpler and more transparent whilst achieving full cost recovery?

18. Do you have any other comments in relation to fees and charges for plant health services?

19. Does the business currently ask PHSI for advice on exports (e.g. enquiries relating to other countries’ plant health import requirements for which APHA currently recovers the costs from all businesses using export services)?

20. The cost of providing this advice is currently recovered from all export services users. Do you have any suggestions as to how APHA could more closely align the charging for advice to the use of the service?

21. Do you have any suggestions as to how APHA could expand the way it makes information on the import requirements of other countries available to businesses in England and Wales?

22. Does the business face any significant additional time burdens as a result of using the service you selected in question 6? Please specify and estimate the amount of time taken.

23. Does the business incur any significant additional costs as a result of using the service you selected in question 6? Please specify and estimate the cost.

24. Would you like your response to be confidential?

25. If you answered 'Yes' to question 24 please explain why.

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Confidentiality and data protection information

1. A summary of responses to this consultation will be published on the Government website at: www.gov.uk/defra. The summary will include a list of organisations that responded but not personal names, addresses or other contact details.

1.1. Information provided in response to this consultation, including personal information, may be made available to the public on request, in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIRs). Defra may also publish the responses to the FOIA/EIR requests on www.gov.uk/defra.

1.2 If you want your response, including personal information such as your name, that you provide to be treated as confidential, please explain clearly in writing when you provide your response to the consultation why you need to keep these details confidential. If we receive a request for the information under the FOIA or the EIRs we will take full account of your explanation, but we cannot guarantee that confidentiality can be maintained in all circumstances. However, Defra will not permit any unwarranted breach of confidentiality nor will we act in contravention of our obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA).  An automatic confidentiality disclaimer generated by your IT system will not, of itself, be regarded as a confidentiality request.

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1.5 This consultation is being conducted in line with the “Consultation Principles” as set out in the Better Regulation Executive guidance which can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/consultation-principles-guidance.

1.6 If you have any comments or complaints about the consultation process, please address them to:

Consultation Co-ordinator
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Or email: consultation.coordinator@defra.gsi.gov.uk