|Food Policy, Devolution and Wales|
Page 5 of 8Wales in its UK context
Due to its size and resources, issues whether devolved or non-devolved impacting upon Wales are not unique, and need to be approached in an internationalist manner. For example, this will include work with a range of organisations at the UK level to address the problem of growing malnutrition in an ageing society. They include: Skills for Health, Skills for Care, People 1st, the National Catering Care Association, the Royal College of Nursing, the General Medical Council, the Nursing and Midwifery Council, Counsel and Care, Action on Elder Abuse, UK food retailers and food service operators. We observe that even where Welsh based aspects of UK organisations promise to work together this is not necessarily followed up with concrete action. The need for coherent UK wide action is one of the drivers behind the 18th March 2009 Older People's Food Summit, to be hosted by the NAfW Presiding Officer in Cardiff Bay.
The only scenario where we envisage a change in UK primary legislation impacting upon the devolved administrations could arise as a consequence of a change in the Westminster Government seeking to abolish the Food Standards Agency in England. This would require the repeal of appropriate primary legislation. One could then see FSA functions being reabsorbed into each UK Health Department. One critical issue would be how to provide evidence-based policies in the absence of the FSA Research and Development functions, which underpin all its work. It would then be for each of the devolved administrations to decide how to manage the situation in ways appropriate to them.
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