Food Standards Agencylegislation put on hold

28 August 1998

Food Standards Agency
legislation put on hold

LEGISLATION to set up the Food Standards Agency has been put on hold because the Government wants to clear the decks for a battle with the peers over House of Lords reform.

Ministers fear Tory peers could attempt to savage Government bills in protest at the Lords reform.

The Government had promised a food standards agency bill before the summer recess but it was never presented. The draft is complete but no date has been set for publication.

The bill, if enacted, would have imposed a licence fee on food producers and outlets to help raise about the £60 million needed to fund the agency.

Officials are studying the possibility that the charge could be levied solely from food outlets, not producers.

Producers were concerned they would be put at a disadvantage if the fee was raised from them.

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