Our work on Government consultations is an important way to influence and shape policy and legislation before it enters Parliament.
As the leading authority on the meat and meat products industry, BMPA responds to Government consultations that are likely to have an impact on the industry.
The Government produces consultation documents detailing the legislative changes it wants to introduce as part of the policy-making process. It then asks interested parties to comment on those proposals.
Consultations are at the very beginning of the legislative process prior to a bill entering Parliament and BMPA is often best placed to respond with specialist feedback. The collective insights and technical knowledge of our various committees means that BMPA is the voice that Government listens to when shaping future policy.
In addition to responding to consultations, we also submit evidence to House of Commons and House of Lords Committee inquires when relevant.
Recent consultations and inquiries
Consultation on CCTV in Slaughterhouses
This was a DEFRA consultation seeking views on mandatory CCTV recording in slaughterhouses as an additional monitoring and enforcement measure. BMPA worked with the FSA to establish the best way to maximise the benefits of CCTV and a training package is already being rolled out proactively. To further support these industry measures, BMPA participated in the consultation to help inform policy makers.
- Original DEFRA Consultation Document: CCTV in Slaughterhouses
- BMPA Response Document: CCTV in Slaughterhouses
House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affiars (EFRA) Committee Inquiry: Access to Labour and the Agri-food sector
The House of Commons EFRA Committee held an inquiry into reported shortages of labour in the agri-food sector and possible long-term solutions. BMPA provided written evidence to the Committee.
House of Lords European Union Committee Inquiry into Brexit and Agriculture
BMPA participated in this wide-ranging inquiry into the effects of Brexit on agriculture which examined withdrawing from the Common Agricultural Policy, future trade in agri-food products, regulatory and financial issues and access to labour.