Sheep (England): Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock (PB5162)

Introductory Note


This Code, comprising paragraphs 1 to 138, which has been prepared following consultation, is issued with the authority of Parliament pursuant to Section 3 of the Agriculture (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1968.

These recommendations have been notified to the European Commission in accordance with Directive 83/189/EEC (1993, O.J. L109/8, as amended)

Section 3 of the Agriculture (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1968 allows the Ministers to produce codes of recommendations for the welfare of livestock and to issue such codes once they have been approved in draft by both Houses of Parliament. However, the original definition of the Ministers (see Section 50 of the 1968 Act) has been changed to reflect devolution for Scotland and Wales. In relation to England, the powers of the Ministers were transferred to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food by the Transfer of Functions (Agriculture and Food) Order 1999 (S.I. 1999/3143).

(In relation to Scotland, the powers of the Ministers had previously been transferred to the Scottish Ministers by Section 53 of the Scotland Act 1998 (1998, c.46) and, in relation to Wales, the powers of the Ministers had previously been transferred to the National Assembly for Wales by article 2(a) of the National Assembly for Wales (Transfer of Functions) Order 1999 (S.I. 1999/672)).

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