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  • Consultation on changes to the scope and governance of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority

    The purpose of this consultation is to seek views on the Government’s plans to change underpinning legislation to amend the scope of GLA licensing, to change the size and structure of the GLA Board and to suggest ideas for alternative sanctions that the GLA might use to tackle transgressions in... More
    Closed 21 June 2013
  • The Site Waste Management Plans Consultation

    In 2012 the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) proposed the repeal of the construction Site Waste Management Plans (SWMP) regulations, subject to consultation on the impact of doing so. This was in response to the Government's Red Tape Challenge, which was designed... More
    Closed 16 July 2013
  • Consultation - Margarine Fortification

    Consultation on revoking Regulation 4 of the Spreadable Fats (Marketing Standards) and Milk and Milk Products (Protection of Designations) (England) Regulations 2008 - Margarine Fortification Government is committed to reducing the number of regulations industry and others have to navigate as... More
    Closed 7 August 2013
  • Consultation on the reform of farm animal welfare codes

    The purpose of this consultation is to seek views on the proposal to reform the existing system of on farm animal welfare guidance. This consultation focuses on the principle of moving from statutory farm animal welfare codes to guidance that is drafted collaboratively but led by the relevant... More
    Closed 8 August 2013
  • Securing the future availability and affordability of home insurance in areas of flood risk

    This consultation seeks views on the Government’s proposals for ensuring that domestic property insurance continues to be widely available and affordable in areas of flood risk in the UK. I with ministerial colleagues intend to seek powers to address this issue through the Water Bill, which... More
    Closed 8 August 2013
  • Call for Evidence: Environment and Climate Change

    This call for evidence on the environment and climate change is part of the UK Government’s Review of the Balance of Competences between the UK and the European Union. The Review will provide an informed and objective analysis of what EU membership means for the UK and our national interest. ... More
    Closed 12 August 2013
  • Consultation on the Marketing and Use of Second-Hand Articles containing Asbestos

    This consultation is seeking views on amending the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Enforcement Regulations 2008, to adopt a derogation from EU legislation to allow the sale of second-hand articles containing asbestos. The sale and use of asbestos... More
    Closed 15 August 2013
  • Maximum Prison Sentences for Dog Attacks Causing Injury or Death

    This is a short public survey seeking your views on whether the Government should amend the maximum sentence for an aggravated offence under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 i.e. where someone allows a dog to be dangerously out of control and the dog injures or kills a person or an assistance... More
    Closed 1 September 2013
  • Consultation on Marine Licensing Applications - charges for monitoring and for varying licences

    Marine licensing applications: charges for monitoring and for varying licences. Consultation start: 12/07/13 Consultation end: 05/09/13 We are seeking your views on proposals to extend the Marine Management Organisation's (MMO) ability to recover the costs it occurs in dealing with... More
    Closed 5 September 2013
  • Seed Marketing Fees Consultation

    This consultation concerns fees for the Defra agency Fera (Food and Environment Research Agency) seeds marketing service for the main agricultural and vegetable species in England and Wales. It is government policy to recover the full cost of providing statutory services from the... More
    Closed 6 September 2013
  • The Waste Management Plan for England

    The revised Waste Framework Directive 2008 (Directive 2008/98/EC) requires Member States to produce one or more waste management plans which cover, alone or in combination, the geographical territory of the Member State concerned. This consultation is on a Waste Management Plan for... More
    Closed 9 September 2013
  • Review of Local Air Quality Management in England

    The purpose of this consultation is to invite discussion on the best way to address shortcomings identified in Local Air Quality Management (LAQM) delivery in England. LAQM has been in place since 1997. While it has greatly improved our knowledge of the sources and extent of air... More
    Closed 13 September 2013
  • Consultation on the Waste Prevention Programme for England

    Prior to finalising the Waste Prevention Programme for England the Government is seeking views on the proposed vision, priorities, metrics and roles which aim to reduce the amount of waste produced across the economy. The findings from this exercise will be used to inform the final Programme,... More
    Closed 23 September 2013
  • Consultation on abolition of the Committee on Agricultural Valuation

    The Government has made a commitment to reduce the number of unnecessary public bodies. The Committee on Agricultural Valuation is a defunct body, which has not met for several years. Its functions are now carried out by the Tenancy Reform Industry Group (TRIG), a non-statutory organization.... More
    Closed 7 October 2013
  • Survey: Length of the bathing season in England

    The closing date of the survey on the length of the bathing season in England has been extended from 30 September until 8 October. The Bathing Water Directive (76/160/EEC, revised by 2006/7/EC) sets standards for bathing water quality across Europe. In England the Directive applies from... More
    Closed 8 October 2013
  • Triennial Review of the Marine Management Organisation

    The Triennial Review of the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) launched on 10 September 2013. As an executive non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB), the MMO is required to undergo a Triennial Review to ensure that it is still needed as an individual NDPB and that it is operating in compliance... More
    Closed 11 October 2013
  • Aarhus National Implementation Report

    The UK is a Party to the Aarhus Convention, a UNECE treaty which provides for access to information, public participation in decision making and access to justice in environmental matters. As part of its obligations under the Convention, the UK is required to produce a National... More
    Closed 25 October 2013
  • Draft Noise Action Plans

    The purpose of this consultation is to seek views on three draft Noise Action Plans for roads (including major roads), railways (including major railways) and agglomerations (large urban areas). These Action Plans have been prepared by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs... More
    Closed 29 October 2013
  • Offical Veterinarian Training, Appointment and Assurance Changes

    Changes to the Official Veterinarian Training, Appointments and Assurance Private Veterinary Surgeons appointed as Official Veterinarians (OVs) are a vital part of the GB veterinary service undertaking statutory work on behalf of the Competent Authorities to safeguard the national interest. ... More
    Closed 31 October 2013
  • Consultation on the abolition of Food from Britain

    Food from Britain (FFB) was a Defra sponsored Non-Departmental Public Body which promoted UK food exports between 1983 and 2009. Although FFB closed its operations in March 2009 and no longer functions as a public body, the legislation which established FFB is still in place. The government... More
    Closed 31 October 2013
  • Consultation on the Brendon Commons Council Establishment Order

    Consultation to establish whether there is substantial support for the order which would establish the Brendon Commons Council. More
    Closed 3 November 2013
  • Biodiversity Offsetting in England

    This consultation accompanies ‘Biodiversity Offsetting in England’ a consultation document published on 5 September 2013. This document sets out options for the Government’s proposed biodiversity offsetting system and poses questions about how the system may best operate. This online survey... More
    Closed 7 November 2013
  • Revision to marine licensing fees and charges

    We are seeking your views on proposals to revise the fees structure for marine licensing as operated by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) on behalf of the Secretary of State. These proposals seek to recover a higher proportion of the costs the MMO incurs in dealing with marine licensing... More
    Closed 19 November 2013
  • Consultation on proposed enforcement arrangements for updated EU marketing standards on olive oil

    The purpose of this consultation is to seek your views on the enforcement arrangements we propose to put in place to implement recently updated EU marketing standards on olive oil. The EU marketing standards on olive oil detail the different categories of oil; specify the methods of... More
    Closed 22 November 2013
  • CAP Consultation

    Consultation scope 1.1 The reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is in the final stages of EU negotiation. We will continue to work closely with other Member States, the European Commission and European Parliament on the remaining detail. Ahead of that, it is important that we... More
    Closed 28 November 2013
  • Strategic Environmental Assessment

    Defra is undertaking a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the proposed new Rural Development Programme in England. This considers the impacts of the programme on the environment. To undertake this assessment a consultation on ‘the scope and level of detail of the information’... More
    Closed 5 December 2013
  • Local Authority Environmental Regulation of Industrial Plant: 2014/15 Fees and Charges

    The purpose of this consultation is to review the prescribed fees and charging schemes in England which specify the fees and charges to be levied by local authorities (LAs) to recover their full costs in undertaking their functions under regulation 65 of the Environmental Permitting (England and... More
    Closed 18 December 2013
  • Reform of FRC Statutory Governance Structure

    Reform of the governance, structure and operation of the Farriers Registration Council, the statutory regulator for the farriery profession Overview: This consultation presents our evidence to date on the importance of the Farriers (Registration) Act 1975 (FRA) and the need to remedy a... More
    Closed 23 December 2013
  • Thames Tideway Tunnel: Draft Reasons for Specifying the Project as a Specified Infrastructure Project and Issuing a Preparatory Work Notice

    We are seeking views on the draft reasons for specifying the proposed Thames Tideway Tunnel as a Specified Infrastructure Project. This includes the draft reasons for issuing a Preparatory Work Notice for Thames Water Utilities Ltd. More
    Closed 6 January 2014
  • Call for Views: Draft UK Report on the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers

    Decision I/5 on reporting requirements of the Kiev Protocol on Pollutant Releases and Transfer Registers (PRTRs) requires that Parties to the Protocol prepare a national implementation report. The Decision further requires that the report be prepared in consultation with the public. The draft ... More
    Closed 6 January 2014
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