Pesticide advisory body included in quangos to be ditched

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The Advisory Committee on Pesticides is one of the taxpayer-funded bodies named in the list of quangos and committees to be abolished under Coalition plans as revealed by The Daily Telegraph.

The list, as revealed in The Daily Telegraph on 24 September, lists 177 bodies to be scrapped, 94 still under threat of being scrapped, four to be privatised and 129 to be merged.

To read the article click here. To see the full list click here.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is to suffer the highest loss, with more than 50 bodies to be abolished.

Of greatest significance to the pest control industry is the scrapping of the Advisory Committee on Pesticides (ACP). The ACP is an independent scientific advisory committee set up to provide advice to all the Ministers with a responsibility for pesticides.

It is a statutory body set up under section 16(7) of the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985 to advise on all matters relating to the control of pesticides. The Committee is established by the Control of Pesticides (Advisory Committee on Pesticides) Order 1985, SI No 1985/1516.

The Environment Agency and Natural England are both listed as bodies still under review. The Food Standards Agency is listed as a body which will be retained. However its remit was quite radically altered – as announced on 20 July. Click here for details.

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