RRC PN (2005-06) 4

Session 2005-06        30 November 2005

Publication of report

Proposal for the Regulatory Reform (Forestry) Order 2006

The Regulatory Reform Committee has concluded that the proposal for the Regulatory Reform (Forestry) Order 2006 meets the tests laid down in the Regulatory Reform Act and recommends that a draft order in the same form as the proposal be laid before the House.

The Committee's full report is to be published as its First Report of the 2005-06 Session at 2.00 pm on Monday 5 December. It will be available from all Stationery Office outlets (Ref HC 729).

The text of the report will also be available on the Committee's website from 3.30 pm on the day of publication. (www.parliament.uk/regrefcom)

Notes for Editors

1. The Regulatory Reform (Forestry) Order 2006 was laid before Parliament on 19 July 2005.

2. Regulatory reform orders (RROs) made under the Regulatory Reform Act 2001 are able to reduce or remove burdens in primary legislation without the need for an amending Bill. The Government's proposals for RROs are subject to scrutiny by committees of both Houses of Parliament.

3. The Regulatory Reform Committee has the task of examining and reporting to the House on every document containing proposals laid before the House under section 6 of the Regulatory Reform Act and every draft order proposed to be made under section 1 of that Act. The Committee also oversees the operation of the regulatory reform procedure.

4. Since the passage of the Regulatory Reform Act, 27 regulatory reform orders have been made. Copies of all proposals and draft Orders are available on the Cabinet Office website at http://www.cabinet-office.gov.uk/regulation/rra/rro/proposals.asp

5. The Members of the Committee are:

Andrew Miller, Labour, Ellesmere Port & Neston (Chairman)
Gordon Banks, Labour, Ochil and South Perthshire
Mr James Gray, Conservative, North Wiltshire
Stephen Hammond, Conservative, Wimbledon
John Hemming, Liberal Democrat, Birmingham, Yardley
Mrs Sharon Hodgson, Labour, Gateshead East & Washington West
Mr Stewart Jackson, Conservative, Peterborough
Dr Doug Naysmith, Labour Co/op, Bristol North West
Mr Jamie Reed, Labour, Copeland
Bob Russell, Liberal Democrat, Colchester
Alison Seabeck, Labour, Plymouth, Devonport
Mr Andrew Slaughter, Labour, Ealing, Acton & Shepherd's Bush
Ms Angela C Smith, Labour, Sheffield, Hillsborough
Mr Anthony Steen, Conservative, Totnes

For further information on the work of the Committee, contact Mick Hillyard, Clerk of the Committee (020 7219 2830);  or see the Committee's website www.parliament.uk/regrefcom