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Environment (Wales) Act 2016

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Regulations about charges for carrier bags

54Meaning of “carrier bag”

In this Part, “carrier bag” means a bag supplied for the purpose of—

(a)enabling goods to be taken away from the place where they are sold, or

(b)enabling goods to be delivered.

55Requirement to charge

(1)The Welsh Ministers must make regulations under this section (“carrier bag regulations”).

(2)Carrier bag regulations may require sellers of goods to charge for the supply of carrier bags of descriptions specified in the regulations in the circumstances mentioned in subsection (3).

(3)The circumstances are that the goods are—

(a)sold at or from a place in Wales, or

(b)intended to be delivered to a person in Wales.

(4)The regulations may specify a description of carrier bag by reference (for example) to—

(a)the bag’s size, thickness, construction, composition or other characteristics,

(b)the bag’s intended use,

(c)the price charged by the seller of goods for supplying the bag (excluding any charge required by the regulations),

or any combination of those factors.

(5)The regulations may—

(a)specify the minimum amount that must be charged for a carrier bag, or

(b)provide for that amount to be determined in accordance with the regulations.

(6)In this Part, “the charge” means any charge for the supply of carrier bags made in accordance with carrier bag regulations.

56Sellers of goods

(1)In this Part, “seller of goods” means a person who sells goods in the course of a business.

(2)For the purposes of subsection (1), a person is acting in the course of a business if the person is—

(a)carrying on any business or undertaking, whether for profit or not, or

(b)exercising any functions of a public nature.

(3)Subsections (1) and (2) are subject to any provision made by carrier bag regulations about persons who are, or are not, to be regarded as sellers in relation to goods.

(4)Carrier bag regulations may make provision which applies to—

(a)all sellers of goods,

(b)specified sellers of goods,

(c)sellers of goods of a specified description, or

(d)sellers within paragraph (b) and sellers within paragraph (c).

(5)The regulations may specify a description of seller by reference to—

(a)the place or places at or from which a seller supplies goods;

(b)the type of goods that a seller supplies;

(c)the value of goods that a seller supplies;

(d)a seller’s turnover or any part of the turnover;

(e)a seller’s arrangements for applying the net proceeds of the charge (see section 57);

(f)any other factor that the Welsh Ministers consider appropriate, whether or not that factor is of the same kind as those listed in paragraphs (a) to (e).

57Application of proceeds

(1)Carrier bag regulations must require the net proceeds of the charge to be applied to charitable purposes which—

(a)relate to environmental protection or improvement, and

(b)directly or indirectly benefit the whole or any part of Wales (whether or not they also benefit any other area).

(2)But the regulations must provide for an exception enabling a seller of goods to apply the net proceeds of the charge to other charitable purposes where—

(a)the seller has, within a specified period occurring before provision made under subsection (1) first comes into force, applied amounts received by way of charges for carrier bags to those purposes, and

(b)the seller has given notice of having applied amounts to those purposes as mentioned in paragraph (a) and of the seller’s wish to be able to apply some or all of the net proceeds of the charge to those purposes.

(3)The regulations may make provision—

(a)about how, when and to whom notice must be given;

(b)about information that must be provided when giving notice;

(c)for the exception to apply subject to conditions.

(4)The provision made by the regulations under subsection (1) may require a seller of goods to apply the net proceeds of the charge—

(a)to such charitable purposes within that subsection as the seller may determine, or

(b)where the regulations specify one or more charitable purposes, to those specified purposes or to such of them as the seller may determine.

(5)Carrier bag regulations may (among other things)—

(a)provide for the net proceeds of the charge to be treated as having been applied in accordance with provision made under this section if they are accepted by specified persons or persons of a specified description (or both);

(b)make provision about the arrangements under which the net proceeds of the charge are to be given by sellers to the persons mentioned in paragraph (a) or any other person;

(c)require persons who accept any net proceeds of the charge to apply the proceeds to charitable purposes in accordance with provision made under subsection (1) or (2).

(6)The regulations may—

(a)provide for recovery by the Welsh Ministers of sums equal to the proceeds of the charge that have been accepted or applied otherwise than in accordance with provision made under this section;

(b)provide for the application of sums recovered by the Welsh Ministers to charitable purposes within subsection (1) (including such charitable purposes within that subsection as the Welsh Ministers may determine);

(c)provide that sums recovered by the Welsh Ministers are not to be paid into the Welsh Consolidated Fund.

(7)Carrier bag regulations may make provision that applies to persons other than sellers of goods, if the Welsh Ministers consider that such provision is appropriate for the enforcement of provision made under this section or for otherwise making such provision effective.

(8)In this Part, “charitable purpose” has the meaning given in the Charities Act 2011 (c. 25) (see section 2 of that Act); but carrier bag regulations may provide for the definition to apply for the purposes of this Part with such modifications as the Welsh Ministers consider necessary or expedient for securing an appropriate application of the net proceeds of the charge.

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