The purpose of the licencing process is to protect the general public by placing strict controls over the storage, sale and distribution of certain products, which, if left uncontrolled, would pose an unacceptable risk to their safety or wellbeing. Examples of licenses we process are animal movement licenses to control the spread of, for example, foot and mouth diseases. Licenses impose conditions that must be met if the license is to be granted. The conditions are inspected during the business inspections we do to ensure they continue to be met and are effective. Any contravention of the relevant legislation or conditions can result in the license being withdrawn and possibly, formal action taken. The licensing system provides us with much useful information on which to base our enforcement strategy and allocate resources. For example we know how many petrol tanks there are in the County which, when they become disused will need to be rendered safe before the license can be closed off.