Enforcement: NFU to give evidence to ministers

The NFU is giving evidence to three ministers tonight (Weds 4 Feb) on the impact of the current enforcement practices on livestock farmers.

Beef cattleThese include:

  • the potential for duplication and overlap of checks between national and local regulators,
  • the frequency of inspections,
  • the impact of regulatory visits
  • and communication around the visits including the attitude and competence of inspectors.

The NFU was selected by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) as one of three trade association and business representative groups to lead a review of red-tape under the Business Focus on Enforcement initiative.

Our evidence was gathered in three stages during 2014. The first was a phone-based survey where data was obtained from 283 livestock farmers (beef, sheep and dairy) finding out how often farmers receive visits from regulatory agencies and local authorities and where duplication can potentially occur.

The second stage was a Twitter-based AgriChat UK debate in September, followed by a series of workshops which took place from mid-September for groups of livestock farmers.

Ministers and regulators will be asked to respond to the findings set out in the report and, as appropriate, propose reforms and improvements to the way in which the regulations are enforced.

We'll keep you updated on this session with ministers - keep checking NFUonline.

:: The Ministers are Matthew Hancock, Minister of State BIS, Oliver Letwin and George Eustice, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Farming, food and the Marine Environment. The evidence will be presented at the House Of Commons with the NFU providing an overview of the key findings.