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Consultation launched on legislation to allow local authorities to work together on animal health
Defra has today launched a consultation on legislation to allow local authorities in England to work more easily together on animal health. In 2006, the Eves review of the animal health and welfare delivery landscape highlighted that there was a legal obstacle to local authorities carrying out animal health work for other local authorities, and recommended removing it. Stakeholders supported this recommendation. In our response to Eves, we agreed to seek to pass the necessary legislation in 2008. We propose a Legislative Reform Order (LRO) to bring in this change, which will bring animal health in line with all other policy areas in England.
LROs are often used to make changes to Government Acts in order to reduce burdens.
Defra is now seeking views on whether an LRO is the best way to achieve this objective.
View the full consultation at: http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/localauth-lga-ah/ View the Eves Review report and Defra's response at: http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/ahws/deliver/review.htm
The closing date for consultation responses is 17 October 2008.
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