OK I have now read the documents. I admittedly skimmed a few sections.
Wayne whilst I respect we need a response from the society and this should be done. There is a very large need for plain English analysis of these documents to be written and published on ALL relevant forums so that there are a huge number of responses from users of these chemicals to the home office.
Basically as far as I can tell they are hoping for a tiny response on the poisons form, which means they can then just ban them full stop for home use. This will then open the door for chemicals to added to the list at will. There are some misleading statistics in the document with no real relevance. For instance statistics on the number of people injured be chemical agents with no reference to what they were (most likely kids drinking household products not on the list).
So with respect to this form I would suggest that a great number of forums should be lobbied (biodiesel, Metal plating, Science forums, pyrotechnics, furniture renovation, boating, pottery and ceramics, etc etc). It is imperative that they get a good number of coherent responses from a wide variety of users which will make them think twice, as the current system is clearly sufficient.
mmmm the second one well again a Ban is a real possibility reading the document, the document also mentions that there will be an on going review of the chemicals on the list. So expect it to grow exponentially over the coming years.
Licencing costs between £45 and £615, nearly fell off my chair. No licensing for businesses, so simply register an R&D business for £20 and then pay £13 a year to companies house to completely circumvent the legislation.
Again the consultation needs to be brought to the attention of affected groups so that many people can have their say.
If the challenge is to reduce red tape then this piece of legislation should just be ignored as it will have absolutely no influence on terrorism at all. If I wanted to I could make HE without going anywhere near any of the precursors on this list. Most HE precursors can be synthesised with extreme ease. In fact all I would need would be a Tesco's and a garden centre. I feel that Banning or Licensing would only serve to make it more difficult to detect terrorists. If any legislation is to be put in place it should simply be a register system (recording of details of online sales).
Rant over for now
Phew that was close.