RRC PN (2005-06) 10

Session 2005-06 21 June 2006

Publication of report: Proposal for the Regulatory Reform (Agricultural Tenancies) (England and Wales) Order 2006

The proposal for the Regulatory Reform (Agricultural Tenancies) (England and Wales) Order 2006 was laid before the House on 30 March 2006. The Committee 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 Sixth Report of the 2005-06 Session at 2.00 pm on 26 June 2006. It will be available from all Stationery Office outlets (Ref HC 1309).

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

The purpose of the proposal for the Regulatory Reform (Agricultural Tenancies) (England and Wales) Order 2006 is to amend the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 and Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995 in order to remove burdens on the landlords and tenants of agricultural land and on persons appointed to arbitrate in disputes between them. The Department considers that the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 and the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995 in their present form have the effect of restricting the freedom of tenants to diversify their business into non-agricultural activities and also prevents parties to tenancies of agricultural land from otherwise restructuring holdings to the advantage of tenants, landlords and the protection and enhancement of the environment. The aim of the RRO is therefore to create "a more modern legislative framework which would encourage flexibility between parties and encourage opportunities for tenant farmer diversification".

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.

Since the passage of the Regulatory Reform Act, 28 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

The Members of the Committee are:

Andrew Miller, Labour, Ellesmere Port & Neston (Chairman)
Gordon Banks, Labour, Ochil and South Perthshire
Lorely Burt, Liberal Democrat, Solihull
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
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