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CHAIRMAN FRC, TONY CHARLWOOD MEETS WITH MINISTER OF STATE, DEFRA, GEORGE EUSTICE MP

16 December 2016

Earlier today the Chairman called on George Eustice MP, Minister of State at The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), and Minister with responsibility for regulation within Defra.  The purpose of the call was to discuss the draft Farriers (Registration) Bill 2016/17.

Headlines:

 

  • The Minister intends that the draft Bill will proceed as planned ,with a second reading in the House of Commons due to take place on Friday 27 January 2017.
  • The Minster and the sponsoring MP (Byron Davies MP, Con, Gower) continue to receive correspondence on the draft Bill reflecting a broad range of opinions.

Detail:

 

The Minister and the Chairman discussed the development of the draft Bill through the joint working group during 2012/13, through to publication of the Government consultation in March 2014.  Both noted the preferences and ideas offered during the consultation, and more recently elsewhere, in respect of:

  • Separation of the Investigating and Disciplinary Committees from the Council in order to give assurance to both the farrier and the public, while safeguarding the integrity of the investigating and discipline system.
  • Enabling future modifications to the constitution of the Council by way of a Statutory Instrument (SI) rather than by primary legislation, in order to facilitate change at greater speed than hitherto.
  • Adoption of ‘Fitness to Practice’ requirements for Council members in order that the FRC may adopt regulatory ‘best practice’.
  • Council members to be allowed to serve on the Council for a maximum of two terms of four years only, in order to allow a greater number of appointees and elected farriers the opportunity to serve on the Council.
  • Constitutional reform to reflect the operation of a national regulatory body in the early 21st Century.

No papers were made available; the draft Bill should be published at least seven days in advance of the second reading, i.e. on or about Friday 20 January 2017.

Progress of the Bill may be tracked at www.parliament.uk

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