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Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Act 2008

Function relating to enforcement priorities

Section 11: Enforcement priorities

38.Subsections (1) and (2) require LBRO to prepare and publish a list specifying the matters in relation to which local authorities in England or Wales should give priority when allocating resources. In essence, LBRO is required to review and revise the list of national enforcement priorities for local authority regulatory service published in the Rogers Review in March 2007. Examples of the matters which LBRO might include in its list of priorities might be: (i) air quality and the regulation of pollution from factories and homes; (ii) alcohol, entertainment and enforcement of late night licensing; and (iii) trade description, trade marking and doorstep selling. Local authorities in England or Wales are required to have regard to the list of priorities when deciding what level of resources to allocate to which relevant function.

39.Subsections (3) and (4) require that LBRO should consult such persons as it considers appropriate before publishing the list and that it should publish details of any representations made to it as a result of consultation undertaken prior to publishing the list.

40.Subsection (5) requires LBRO to secure the consent of the Secretary of State before publishing a list of those matters to which local authorities in England should give priority. Subsection (6) requires LBRO to consult the Secretary of State and secure the consent of the Welsh Ministers before publishing a list of those matters to which local authorities in Wales should give priority.

41.Under subsection (7), LBRO must review the list published under this section from time to time, or if requested to do so by the Secretary of State, or in the case of a list specifying matters to which Welsh local authorities should give priority, if requested to do so by Welsh Ministers.

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