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10th March 2006
Laid before Parliament
16th March 2006
Coming into force
6th April 2006
The Secretary of State is a Minister designated for the purposes of section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972(1) in relation to the common agricultural policy of the European Economic Community and in relation to medicinal products(2).
She makes the following Regulations in exercise of the powers conferred by section 2(2) of that Act, and those conferred by sections 6(4), 16(1)(a), (b) and (f), 16(3), 17(1) and (2), 26(1), (2)(a) and (3), 30(9), 31(1) and 48(1) of and paragraph 7 of Schedule 1 to the Food Safety Act 1990(3) and now vested in her(4).
In accordance with Article 9 of Regulation (EC) No. 178/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down the general principles and requirements of food law, establishing the European Food Safety Authority and laying down procedures in matters of food safety(5), she has consulted those she considers likely to be affected by these Regulations.
The powers, so far as they are exercisable in relation to England, were transferred by article 2(6) of the Transfer of Functions (Agriculture and Food) Order 1999 (S.I. 1999/3141) to the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the Secretary of State acting jointly, and by article 2(3) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Dissolution) Order 2002 (S.I. 2002/794) to the Secretary of State. In so far as they are exercisable in relation to Scotland, they were transferred to the Scottish Ministers by section 53 of the Scotland Act 1998 (c. 46) but the Secretary of State retains a concurrent power to exercise them under section 57(1) of that Act. In so far as they are exercisable in relation to Wales, they were transferred to the National Assembly for Wales by article 2(a) of and Schedule 1 to the National Assembly for Wales (Transfer of Functions) Order 1999 (S.I. 1999/672) but the Ministers of the Crown responsible retain a concurrent power to exercise them under paragraph 5 of Schedule 3 to the Government of Wales Act 1998 (c. 38); that concurrent power became vested in the Secretary of State in consequence of section 40 of and Schedules 5 and 6 to the Food Standards Act 1999 (c. 28), but subject to any power of the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, saved by regulation 13 of the Food Standards Act 1999 (Transitional and Consequential Provisions and Savings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2000 (S.I. 2000/656), to join in making regulations in relation to residues of veterinary products; that joint power was transferred to the Secretary of State by article 2(3) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Dissolution) Order 2002.
OJ No. L31, 1.2.2002, p. 1.
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