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Lesley Griffiths MS, Minister for Rural Affairs and North Wales, and Trefnydd

First published:
17 December 2021
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I am writing to inform the Senedd I am giving consent to the Secretary of State exercising a delegated legislative power in a devolved area in relation to Wales. Agreement was sought by Victoria Prentis MP to the making of The Approved Country Lists (Animals and Animal Products) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2021.

The above titled statutory instrument is required to allow the import of poultry and poultry products to resume from certain regions of Ukraine and the whole of Australia following the successful control of avian influenza outbreaks in those countries.

These Regulations are made by the Secretary of State in exercise of powers conferred by the Trade in Animals and Animal Products (Legislative Functions) and Veterinary Surgeons (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (S.I. 2019/1225), in particular, regulation 7.

They amend Annex 1 to retained Commission Regulation (EC) No 798/2008 laying down a list of third countries, territories, zones or compartments from which poultry and poultry products may be imported into and transit through Great Britain and the veterinary certification requirements applicable to export of those goods. The Regulations also amend certain ‘closing’ and ‘opening’ dates which specify the periods when exports from affected regions are either prohibited or permitted, reflecting the dynamic nature of diseases.

This instrument essentially allows trade to resume from areas temporarily affected by avian influenza, in line with current policy agreed between all governments of Great Britain.

The regulations will be laid in Parliament on 16 December 2021.