Consultation outcome

Provision of Services Regulations 2009: national applicability of licences consultation

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

This consultation has concluded

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Detail of outcome

We consulted on a proposal to amend the Services Regulations 2009 for the UK. The proposal was that all licences issued by competent authorities should apply and be recognised throughout the UK, unless there were good policy reasons otherwise. This response document:

  • summarises the responses received
  • explains the actions we will take in response to the views raised

We intend to implement a form of mutual recognition. All licences issued by competent authorities whose functions relate either to the entire UK or to at least one of the four parts (England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland) will be valid throughout the UK. However, there will be important exceptions on the grounds of overriding public interest in appropriate cases. We will not extend the mutual recognition principle to smaller parts of the UK.

Original consultation


Proposed changes to implementing legislation for the EU Services Directive to allow for the national applicability of licenses.

This consultation ran from

Consultation description

The European Commission has indicated that the UK may be in breach of part of the EU Services Directive 2006 relating to the national applicability of licences. This consultation seeks views on proposed changes to the Provision of Services Regulations 2009 to ensure that we comply with the Directive.


Published 8 February 2013