Laying of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee's regulatory reform order

 
11 March 2005
 
JNCC, the Government's wildlife adviser that provides guidance on nature conservation issues for Great Britain as a whole and internationally, is about to change the way it operates.  This is part of a process aimed at improving the organisation's efficiency and service delivery. 
 
The Regulatory Reform (Joint Nature Conservation Committee) Order 2005 which will allow the JNCC to make these changes will come into force on 31 March.   The Order is part of a package of measures implementing the Government response to the Financial, Management and Policy Review of JNCC, which reported in 2002.
 
The Order will allow JNCC to:
 
  • employ its own staff and pay staff and its own Chair and independent Committee members;
  • have some of its work directly funded by Government;
  • secure its own accommodation and other facilities;
  • set up a Company Limited by Guarantee, to provide the corporate vehicle necessary to implement these changes.
 
These changes will:
 
  • reduce the level of administration concerned with staff management, remove substantial pay anomalies and enable JNCC to retain its highly-skilled workforce (at present all staff working at JNCC are assigned from one of three country conservation agencies on different terms and conditions);
  • enable Government to obtain services from JNCC in a more flexible and transparent manner;
  • reduce the level of administration concerned with JNCC acquiring the services and facilities needed to deliver its statutory functions efficiently.
 
JNCC is intending to make these changes from 1st April 2005.
 
 
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Notes to editors:
           
1.  The Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) is the forum through which the three country conservation agencies – the Countryside Council for Wales, English Nature and Scottish Natural Heritage - deliver their statutory responsibilities for Great Britain as a whole, and internationally. These responsibilities contribute to sustaining and enriching biological diversity, enhancing geological features and sustaining natural systems. JNCC was created by the Environmental Protection Act 1990.  The Committee does not have corporate status and in accordance with the requirements of the 1990 Act all resources (including staff, accommodation and funding) have to date been provided to it by the three country nature conservation agencies.
 
2.  More details about JNCC can be found on its website at www.jncc.gov.uk
 
3.  The Order has been made under Section 1 of the Regulatory Reform Act 2001, with the agreement of the Scottish Executive and Welsh Assembly Government since JNCC is a GB body. The JNCC is a cross border public authority under section 88(5) of the Scotland Act 1998.
 
4.  The Order is part of a package of measures aimed at improving efficiency and service delivery. Some improvements have already been made through administrative change; others await primary legislation. The former include the agreement of a new statement of strategic direction and a revised corporate planning framework, whilst the latter include extending some of JNCC's functions to Northern Ireland, reviewing its constitution to give the two Northern Ireland Committee members voting rights, and increasing the number of independent Committee members.
 
5.  The consultation document containing proposals for a draft Regulatory Reform Order under the Regulatory Reform Act 2001 was published on the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), and Cabinet Office websites and issued to organisations affected by the proposals in December 2003.  The consultation closed on 4 March 2004. Details of all representations received and the Government's response were recorded in the Explanatory Document accompanying the draft Order  
 
6.  Further details of the Regulatory Reform Order-making process can be accessed at the Cabinet Office website:
 
7.  The history of the Financial, Management and Policy Review of JNCC that has led to this Regulatory Reform Order can be found at:
 
8.  The background to the JNCC consultation process can be found at:
 
 
Further information:
Release issued by Communications Team, JNCC
Tel: 01733 866839 Fax: 01733 555948
 
 
                      
News Release JNCC 0305/01