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Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc. and Care) (Scotland) Act 2016

Section 9 – Registration and changes to the Register

33.Section 9 of the Act amends sections 11 to 14 of the 2010 Act to make changes to registration and the Register (as established by section 10 of the 2010 Act).

34.Section 11 of the 2010 Act concerns the application for registration and addition of premises etc. on the Register. Section 9(1)(a) amends section 11(2) so that persons carrying on a NVP business can apply for registration and persons carrying on a tobacco business can update their registration if they also retail NVPs. Under section 20 of the 2010 Act (as amended by section 11 of the Act) it is an offence for an unregistered person to carry on a tobacco or NVP business.

35.Section 9(1)(b) inserts subsection (2A) into section 11 which requires an applicant, in relation to each premises, to state whether the applicant proposes to carry on a tobacco business, a NVP business or both. Under section 11(3)(a) of the 2010 Act the Scottish Ministers cannot grant an application if required information is missing or the application is not made in the correct form and manner, as set out by section 11(2).

36.Section 11(3)(b) of the 2010 Act bars the Scottish Ministers from granting an application if an applicant is banned, under a tobacco retailing banning order, from carrying on a tobacco business at any premises specified in the application. Section 9(1)(c) amends this provision to refer to a “tobacco and nicotine vapour product banning order” to account for the changes made to banning orders by section 10 of the Act.

37.When an application meets the requirements, the Scottish Ministers must grant the registration and update the Register in accordance with section 11(4) (for new applicants) or (5) (for updates) of the 2010 Act. Section 9(1)(d) and (e) of this Act amends section 11(4) and (5) to require the Scottish Ministers to enter information in the Register on NVP businesses and businesses which are both tobacco and NVP businesses. Section 9(2) of the Act amends section 12 (certificates of registration) of the 2010 Act. Certificates of registration issued by the Scottish Ministers under section 12 must now state whether the premises noted against a person’s entry in the Register are premises at which the person carries on a tobacco business, a NVP business or both.

38.Section 9(3) of the Act amends section 13(1) (duty to notify certain changes) of the 2010 Act so that a registered person is under a duty to inform the Scottish Ministers if that person is no longer carrying on a NVP business at the address noted in the person’s entry in the Register. Section 13(2) of the 2010 Act continues to require notice to be given within three months of the date of the change to which it relates. A failure to comply with this duty is an offence under section 20 of the 2010 Act (as amended by section 11 of the Act).

39.Section 9(4) of the Act amends section 14 (changes to and removal from Register) of the 2010 Act. This requires the Scottish Ministers to amend the Register if a tobacco and NVP banning order is made against a registered person. The Scottish Ministers may remove a person from the Register if they are not satisfied that the person is carrying on a tobacco or NVP business; they must notify the person and re-instate the entry where that person notifies them no later than 28 days after notice of the removal is given under section 14(4)(a) that the person is still carrying on a tobacco or NVP business. Note that there is no automatic reinstatement once a tobacco and NVP banning order expires – a fresh application is required under section 11 of the 2010 Act.

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