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Amendment of enactments relating to agricultureN.I.

Art.5 rep. by SR 1996/558

General agricultural advisory committeeN.I.

6.  In section 4 of the Agriculture Act (Northern Ireland) 1949F1 (duty of Head of Department to establish general agricultural advisory committee) for the words “shall establish” there shall be substituted the words “ may from time to time as he may think necessary establish ”.

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Extension of class of persons eligible for assistance under Agriculture (Temporary Assistance) Act (Northern Ireland) 1954N.I.

7.—(1) The Agriculture (Temporary Assistance) Act (Northern Ireland) 1954F2 (which empowers the Department of Agriculture, for the purpose of assisting the agricultural industry, to make payments to, or for the benefit of, farmers producing any specified produce) shall have effect subject to the following provisions of this Article.

(2) In section 1(1) and (3) for the words “farmers producing” there shall be substituted the words “ persons engaged in the production, processing, packing or marketing of ”.

(3) In section 2(1)—

(a)in paragraph (a) for the word “farmer” and in paragraph (b) for the word “farmers” there shall be substituted, respectively, the words “ person ” and “ persons ”;

(b)in paragraphs (f), (g) and (h) for the words “or marketing” there shall be substituted the words “ processing, packing or marketing ”.

(4) In section 5 after the definition of “agriculture” there shall be inserted the following definition—

“ agricultural industry ” includes the processing, packing, marketing or otherwise handling of any agricultural produce;.

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Art.8 rep. by 1999 NI 6

Offences against certain drainage worksN.I.

9.—(1) In section 11(1) of the Lough Neagh and Lower Bann Drainage and Navigation Act (Northern Ireland) 1955 (offences against drainage works under the Act)—

(a)in paragraph (a) for the word “constructed” there shall be substituted the words “ vested in ”;

(b)for paragraph (d) there shall be substituted the following paragraph—

(d)removes any works (whether constructed or in course of construction) which are vested in or maintained by the Department for the purposes of this Act; or;

(c)in paragraph (f) for the words “as aforesaid” there shall be substituted the words “ by the Department ”;

(d)in paragraph (g) for the words “constructed as aforesaid” there shall be substituted the words “ vested in or maintained by the Department for the purposes of this Act ”.

(2) In Article 36(1) of the Drainage (Northern Ireland) Order 1973F3 (offences against drainage works under the Order)—

(a)for sub-paragraph (b) there shall be substituted the following sub-paragraph—

(b)removes any works (whether constructed or in course of construction) which are vested in the Department for the purposes of this Order; or;

(b)in sub-paragraph (e) for the words “construed or transferred as aforesaid” there shall be substituted the words “ vested in the Department for the purposes of this Order ”.

(3) In Schedule 6 to the Drainage (Northern Ireland) Order 1973 (offences against watercourses) in paragraph 1(f) for the words “any watercourse” there shall be substituted the words “ any designated watercourse ”.

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Amendment of Marketing of Eggs Act (Northern Ireland) 1957N.I.

10.—(1) In the Marketing of Eggs Act (Northern Ireland) 1957F4 the following provisions (which are obsolete, unnecessary or spent) shall cease to have effect, namely—

(a)section 11 (removal of cold-stored and chemically stored eggs);

(b)section 12 (marking of preserved eggs);

(c)section 19(1) (winding up of Egg Marketing Fund);

(d)section 26 (transitional provisions).

(2) In section 13A of the Marketing of Eggs Act (Northern Ireland) 1957 (eggs treated as kept in cold storage only if temperature below 10 degrees centigrade) for the words “10 degrees centigrade (which is equivalent to 50 degrees fahrenheit)” there shall be substituted the words “ 8 degrees celsius ”.

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Inspection of meatN.I.

11.  For section 14 of the Agricultural Produce (Meat Regulation and Pig Industry) Act (Northern Ireland) 1962F5 there shall be substituted the following section—

Inspection of meat.

14.(1) The Department shall make such arrangements as it thinks fit for the inspection of animals and meat on registered premises and shall publish details of any arrangements so made in such manner as it thinks appropriate for informing persons affected by those arrangements.

(2) Fees fixed in accordance with subsection (3) shall be payable to the Department by the person operating registered premises for the inspection of animals and meat on those premises.

(3) The fees payable under subsection (2) shall be of such amount or at such rate as the Department may from time to time determine and notify to persons operating registered premises.

(4) Every person who holds a curing licence shall for the inspection of pigs and pig products thereunder pay to the Department such fees as the Department may from time to time determine..

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Amendment of Marketing of Potatoes Act (Northern Ireland) 1964N.I.

12.—(1) The Marketing of Potatoes Act (Northern Ireland) 1964F6 shall have effect subect to the following provisions of this Article.

(2) In sections 1, 2(1), 3(1) and 4 (which require persons sending potatoes out of Northern Ireland to hold a licence or permit and to have the potatoes inspected) after the words “out of Northern Ireland” there shall be inserted the words “ to a relevant destination ”.

Para.(3) rep. by 1997 NI 22

(4) In sections 3, 7 and 13(2) for the word “potatoes” wherever it occurs there shall be substituted the words “ ware potatoes ”.

(5) In section 3 (inspection of potatoes being sent out of Northern Ireland) after subsection (2) there shall be inserted the following subsections—

(2A) A person shall not either by himself or by any servant or agent of his send or attempt to send any ware potatoes out of Northern Ireland to a destination which is in the United Kingdom or in any other Member State unless the potatoes are of the prescribed standard of quality and have been graded, packed and labelled in the prescribed manner.

(2B) The Department may, if so requested by any person, make arrangements for ware potatoes intended to be sent out of Northern Ireland to a destination which is in the United Kingdom or in any other Member State to be presented, inspected and (where appropriate) certified under subsection (1) as if they were intended to be sent out of Northern Ireland to a relevant destination..

(6) Section 15(1)(a) and (b) (exemptions for potatoes grown outside Northern Ireland, or consigned to the Republic of Ireland) shall cease to have effect.

(7) In section 16 (interpretation) the following definitions shall be inserted at the appropriate places in alphabetical order—

“relevant destination” means a destination which is not in the United Kingdom or in any other Member State;

“ware potatoes” means potatoes other than potatoes which in accordance with seed regulations made under the Seeds Act (Northern Ireland) 1965 may be marketed as seed potatoes;.

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Prohibition on possession of horned cattleN.I.

13.  In section 20 of the Agriculture (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (Northern Ireland) 1965F7 (prohibition of sale or sending out of Northern Ireland of horned cattle) in subsection (1) for the words from the beginning to “stub horns)” there shall be substituted the words

Any person who is in possession or in charge of any horned cattle (other than cattle having rudimentary or stub horns) which are not either—

(a)on agricultural land (within the meaning of the Agriculture Act (Northern Ireland) 1949); or

(b)being moved from agricultural land owned or occupied by a person to other agricultural land owned or occupied by that person; .

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Sale of certain fish reared in fish farmsN.I.

14.  In section 111(2) of the Fisheries Act (Northern Ireland) 1966F8 (prohibition on sale of certain fish at certain times not to apply to fish supplied by a person holding a fish culture licence) for the words from “supplied by” to the end there shall be substituted the words—

(a)reared in a fish farm; or

(b)supplied by the Department..

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Amendment of Plant Health Act (Northern Ireland) 1967N.I.

15.—(1) The Plant Health Act (Northern Ireland) 1967F9 shall have effect subject to the following provisions of this Article.

(2) Sections 2(3), 3(2) to (5) and (4)(1)(a)(i) and (b) shall cease to have effect and after section 3A there shall be inserted the following section—

Matters which may be included in orders under this Act.

3B.(1) Without prejudice to the generality of sections 2 and 3, an order under this Act may—

(a)direct or authorise the removal, treatment or destruction of any crop, or any seed, plant or part of a seed or plant or any container, wrapping or other article or any substance which has on it, or is infected with, a pest or to or by means of which a pest is in the opinion of the Department likely to spread;

(b)direct or authorise the entry on any land or elsewhere for the purpose of any removal, treatment or destruction authorised by the order, or any examination or inquiry so authorised, or for any other purpose of the order;

(c)create offences and in particular may—

(i)prohibit the selling or exposing or offering for sale or the keeping of living specimens of a pest or the distribution in any manner of such speciments;

(ii)make it an offence to contravene a condition specified in a licence granted by the Department for the purpose of exempting a person from any prohibition or restriction imposed by the order;

(d)provide for offences against the order to be punishable on summary conviction by a fine not exceeding[F10 level 5 on the standard scale].

(2) Proceedings for an offence against an order under this Act may be instituted at any time within twelve months from the day on which the alleged offence was committed..

(3) In section 4(5) (expenses of Department under Act not to exceed £250 without consent of Department of Finance and Personnel) for “£250” there shall be substituted “ £3,000 ”.

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Control of petshops, animal boarding, riding and zoological establishmentsN.I.

16.—(1) Part II of the Welfare of Animals Act (Northern Ireland) 1972F11 (control of petshops, animal boarding, riding and zoological establishments) shall have effect subect to the following provisions of this Article.

(2) In section 8 (licensing) after subsection (4) there shall be inserted the following subsection—

(4A) Subject to subsection (5), a licence granted under this section after the date on which the Agriculture (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Northern Ireland) Order 1984 came into operation shall remain in force for a period of one year from the date on which it is granted..

(3) In section 12(1) (interpretation) for the definition of “petshop” there shall be substituted the following definition—

“petshop” means any premises, structure (whether moveable or not), vehicle, cart or barrow where animals are kept primarily for the purpose of sale as pets but does not include any premises where only pedigree animals (that is to say, animals which by their breeding are eligible for registration with a recognised club or society) are bred and sold;.

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Amendment of Diseases of Animals (Northern Ireland) Order 1981N.I.

17.—(1) The Diseases of Animals (Northern Ireland) Order 1981F12 shall have effect subject to the following provisions of this Article.

(2) In Article 5(1)(b) (Department may by order prescribe and regulate the marking of animals or poultry) at the end there shall be added the words “and regulate the sale, supply, distribution, use and destruction of any article intended for use in such marking”.

(3) In Articles 4(c), 5(1)(m), 14(h), 19(k), 23(c), 24(1)(b), 29(2)(e), 30(1)(c) and 60(2)(b) (each of which provides for licences in such form and subject to such conditions as may be specified in an order) for the words from “in such form” onwards there shall be substituted the words “ subject to such conditions as may be specified in the licences ”.

(4) After Article 23 there shall be inserted the following Article—

Animal welfare in exportation

23A.(1) The Department, in the interests of animal welfare, may by order—

(a)regulate the exportation from Northern Ireland of animals or poultry, and, in particular, prohibit exportation without such licence or certificate as may be prescribed by the order;

(b)make provision as to the circumstances in which, and the conditions on which, a certificate or licence may be obtained.

(2) Without prejudice to the generality of paragraph (1), an order under that paragraph may include provision for requiring persons proposing to export animals or poultry from Northern Ireland to furnish information about—

(a)the intended ultimate destination of the animals or poultry;

(b)the arrangements for conveying them to that destination; and

(c)any other matters which may be specified in the order..

(5) Articles 25 to 28 (which make provision for the slaughter and quarantine of imported animals) shall cease to have effect and in Article 24 after paragraph (1) there shall be inserted the following paragraph—

(1A) An order under paragraph (1) may apply, with or without modifications, any of the provisions of Schedule 3 (slaughter and quarantine) to imported animals and poultry..

(6) In Article 52 (offences)—

(a)in paragraph (2) after sub-paragraph (a) there shall be inserted the following sub-paragraph—

(aa)has in his possession any animal or poultry which is marked in contravention of an Order of the Department or any other thing which is specified by order of the Department for the purposes of this sub-paragraph, or;

(b)in paragraph (5) for the words from the beginning to “Northern Ireland” there shall be substituted the words “ A person guilty of an offence against this Order by reason of the contravention of any provison in Article 24, 29 or 30 or any order made under any such provision ”.

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