This instrument replaces the two-tiered approach to time limits in regulation 7 of the MGD Regulations with a requirement that applications be processed as soon as is reasonably practicable and clarifies how this requirement applies to applicants who are not yet registrable. This change removes the reference to “a member State (or part of a member State)”, which will not operate appropriately following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.
In addition, this instrument makes further minor amendments to address errors in drafting identified by the Select Committee on Statutory Instruments. The first relates to the reference to “registration number” in regulation 3 and again in paragraph (b) of Schedule 2 (information to be contained in a MGD return). The second clarifies the list of reference numbers in paragraph (q) of Schedule 1 which the Commissioners may require an applicant to include in a registration application for MGD.