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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.
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.