Rural and Environment Directorate
Food and Drink Industry Division
T: 0131-244 9292 F: 0131-244 9990
9 December 2010
APPLICATION TO REGISTER THE NAME 'STORNOWAY BLACK PUDDING' AS A PROTECTED GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATION ( PGI) UNDER THE EU PROTECTED FOOD NAME SCHEME
I am writing to you concerning an application the Scottish Government has received to register 'Stornoway Black Pudding' as a Protected Geographical Indication ( PGI) under the above scheme. You or your members may have an interest, or have previously declared an interest, in this application. Details of the scheme can be found at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Business-Industry/Food-Industry/national-strategy/rep/PFNs
If the application is successful and the name is protected then only Stornoway Black Pudding conforming to the registered specification would be permitted to use the name. However, before a decision on whether to forward the application to the European Commission for the next stage of the process can be made, in compliance with Article 5.5 of Council Regulation ( EC) 510/2006, we are required to consult interested parties within the UK to give them an opportunity to comment or object to the application.
I am therefore attaching the specifications which set out the conditions which would need to be met should the application be approved. If you wish to comment or object to the application please let me have your response by 5pm on 4 March 2011. Any objections to the application will need to specify the grounds on which it is based and must meet the admissibility criteria outlines in article 7(3) of Council Regulation ( EC) 510/2006.
If you are aware of other organisations, businesses or individuals who you think should be consulted, please feel free to copy this consultation to them, or inform us of the omission.
Please send your response with the completed Respondent Information Form (see "Handling your Response" below) to:
Kirsten BeddowsFood and Drink Industry Division
Edinburgh EH11 3XD
Tel: 0131 244 9292
Fax 0131 244 9990
Handling your response
We need to know how you wish your response to be handled and, in particular, whether you are happy for your response to be made public. Please complete and return the Respondent Information Form which is attached to this letter as this will ensure that we treat your response appropriately. If you ask for your response not to be published we will regard it as confidential, and we will treat it accordingly.
All respondents should be aware that the Scottish Government are subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and would therefore have to consider any request made to it under the Act for information relating to responses made to this consultation exercise.
Next steps in the process
Where respondents have given permission for their response to be made public and after we have checked that they contain no potentially defamatory material, responses will be made available to the public on the Scottish Government consultation web pages. Responses can be copied and sent to you, but a charge may be made for this service.
What happens next ?
Following the closing date, all responses will be analysed and considered along with any other available evidence to help us reach a decision on the final specification for Stornoway Black Pudding to be registered as a PGI. Thereafter the application goes to Defra, before being submitted to the European Commission for their approval.
This consultation, and all other Scottish Government consultation exercises, can be viewed online on the consultation web pages of the Scottish Government website at http://www.scotland.gov.uk/consultations.
The Scottish Government now has an email alert system for consultations ( SEconsult: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/consultations/seconsult.aspx). This system allows stakeholder individuals and organisations to register and receive a weekly email containing details of all new consultations (including web links). SEconsult complements, but in no way replaces SG distribution lists, and is designed to allow stakeholders to keep up to date with all SG consultation activity, and therefore be alerted at the earliest opportunity to those of most interest. We would encourage you to register.
Comments and complaints
If you have any comments about how this consultation exercise has been conducted, please send them to Kirsten Beddows at the email or postal address given above.
THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT CONSULTATION PROCESS
Consultation is an essential and important aspect of Scottish Government working methods. Given the wide-ranging areas of work of the Scottish Government, there are many varied types of consultation. However, in general, Scottish Government consultation exercises aim to provide opportunities for all those who wish to express their opinions on a proposed area of work to do so in ways which will inform and enhance that work.
The Scottish Government encourages consultation that is thorough, effective and appropriate to the issue under consideration and the nature of the target audience. Consultation exercises take account of a wide range of factors, and no two exercises are likely to be the same.
Typically Scottish Government consultations involve a written paper inviting answers to specific questions or more general views about the material presented. Written papers are distributed to organisations and individuals with an interest in the issue, and they are also placed on the Scottish Government web site enabling a wider audience to access the paper and submit their responses 1. Consultation exercises may also involve seeking views in a number of different ways, such as through public meetings, focus groups or questionnaire exercises. Copies of all the written responses received to a consultation exercise (except those where the individual or organisation requested confidentiality) are placed in the Scottish Government library at Saughton House, Edinburgh (K Spur, Saughton House, Broomhouse Drive, Edinburgh, EH11 3XD, telephone 0131 244 4565).
All Scottish Government consultation papers and related publications (eg, analysis of response reports) can be accessed at: Scottish Government consultations ( http://www.scotland.gov.uk/consultations)
The views and suggestions detailed in consultation responses are analysed and used as part of the decision making process, along with a range of other available information and evidence. Depending on the nature of the consultation exercise the responses received may:
- indicate the need for policy development or review
- inform the development of a particular policy
- help decisions to be made between alternative policy proposals
- be used to finalise legislation before it is implemented
Final decisions on the issues under consideration will also take account of a range of other factors, including other available information and research evidence.
While details of particular circumstances described in a response to a consultation exercise may usefully inform the policy process, consultation exercises cannot address individual concerns and comments, which should be directed to the relevant public body.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any further information regarding the consultation process.
Local Food Policy Manager
LIST OF CONULTEES
5 Legal Deposit libraries
Aberdeen City Council
Alyn Smith MEP
Andrew Gordon Butchery
Argyll and Bute Council
Assured British Meat
British Hospitality Association
British Meat Processors Association
British Pig Association
British Retail Consortium
Catherine Stihler MEP
Clerk of Committee at Scottish Parliament with interest in consultation
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
Consumer Focus Scotland
County Hotel, Stornoway
Craft Guild of Chef's
David Martin MEP
DG Environment Committee liaison officer
Dobbies Garden Centres Plc
Dumfries and Galloway
Dundee City Council
East Ayrshire Council
East Dunbartonshire Council
East Lothian District Council
East Renfrewshire Council
Equality and Human Rights Commission
Federation of Chefs Scotland
Federation of Small Businesses
Food and Drink Federation
Food Standards Agency
Food Standards Agency - Scotland
George Lyon MEP
Glasgow City Council
Goulding's Garden Centre
Heidi's Coffee Shop, Alness
Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Hybu Cig Cymru / Meat Promotion Wales
Ian Hudghton MEP
Institute of Hospitality
Intellectual Assets Centre
Intellectual Property Office
International Meat Trade Association Inc
James Campbell Butchers (Head Office)
John Munros, Dingwall
Livestock & Meat Commission
MacDougall and Hastie
Marks & Spencer
Meat and Livestock Commission
National Association of Catering Butchers
National Farmers Union
National Farmers Union Scotland
National Federation of Meat Traders
National Sheep Association
Nevis Bakery Ltd, Fort William
North Ayrshire Council
North Lanarkshire Council
Perth and Kinross Council
Provision Trade Federation
Quality Meat Scotland
Scotland Food and Drink
Scottish Agricultural College
Scottish Borders Council
Scottish Disability Equality Forum
Scottish Environment Link
Scottish Environment Protection Agency
Scottish Federation of Meat Traders Association
Scottish Food Advisory Committee
Scottish Food and Drink Federation
Scottish Food Quality Certification
Scottish Interfaith Council
Scottish Natural Heritage
Scottish Retail Consortium
Scottish Women's Convention
Shetland Islands Council
Simon Howie Foods
South Ayrshire Council
South Lanarkshire Council
Stornoway Airport Cafe
Struan Stevenson MEP
Stuart Grants in Grantown on Spey
The Crown Estate
The Guild of Fine Food
The Patent Office
Welsh Assembly Government
West Lothian Council