Regulatory Reform Committee press notice

Session 2006-07‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ 19 July 2007

Publication of report:‚ Draft Regulatory Reform (Deer) (England and Wales) Order 2007

The Regulatory Reform Committee has recommended unanimously that the Draft Regulatory Reform (Deer) (England and Wales) Order 2007 should be approved.

The Committee's full report is to be published as its Eighth Report of the 2006-07 Session at 2.00 pm on 23 July 2007.‚ It will be available from all Stationery Office outlets (Ref HC 948).

The text of the report will also be available on the Committee's website from 3.30 pm on the day of publication. (

Notes for Editors

The proposed Order would make a series of amendments to the Deer Act 1991 with the aim of making it easier for individuals to take action to control the deer population in England and Wales. It would also introduce various new provisions to that Act which aim at the enhancement of deer welfare, including the establishment of close seasons for deer species which are currently not protected against killing at any time of year.

Since the passage of the Regulatory Reform Act 2001, more than 30 regulatory reform orders have been made. Copies of all proposals and draft Orders are available on the Cabinet Office website at

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 Co/op, 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