Dr Hazel Wright, the union's senior policy officer, said: "By continuing the post-movement testing requirement, Defra
has continued to perpetrate misconceptions about the Welsh annual testing regime.
did so because it categorises all Welsh parishes as "high risk" areas due to Wales' blanket annual testing regime.
The programme has been commissioned to transition the in-scope ICT provision across the Authority to a new, single and more effective Defra
ICT organisation with core/common services and a supporting delivery model that will replace the current service provisions.
Nicola Spence, from Defra
, said: "I am pleased our well-established protocol to eradicate Asian hornets has worked so effectively.
was criticised for allowing large quantities of horse meat to pass through UK's food chain.
is intending to postpone a ban indefinitely, planning instead to introduce a system of licensing and inspections.
The National Pig Association said it was asked to confirm at a recent meeting with Defra
that no British pig farmer was still using sow stalls, which have been banned in the UK since 1999 and will be prohibited across the EU from 1 January 2013.
says 5 million tonnes of edible food is discarded by U.
She called on Defra
to engage more actively and earlier with Europe to reduce the cost of future regulations, to set options for removing gold-plating from existing EU rules and for MPs to be given greater powers to scrutinise new legislation.
Neil Dutton, regional manager for The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), said: "This is a very positive step forward and we welcome Defra
recognising that one size does not fit all.
Last month a meeting of authority members backed the sending of a Letter of Claim to Defra
in respect of its funding settlement, because they said the decision had a disproportionate impact on Northumberland.
consultation on the Welfare of Racing Greyhounds ends next month and will help inform the introduction of secondary legislation under the Animal Welfare Bill relating to the sport.