Search Legislation

The Children and Young Persons (Protection from Tobacco) (Northern Ireland) Order 1991

What Version

 Help about what version

Opening Options

 Help about opening options

Status:

This is the original version (as it was originally made).

Statutory Instruments

1991 No. 2872 (N.I. 25)

NORTHERN IRELAND

The Children and Young Persons (Protection from Tobacco) (Northern Ireland) Order 1991

Made

19th December 1991

Laid before Parliament

7th January 1992

Coming into operation in accordance with Article 1

At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 19th day of December 1991

Present,

The Queen’s Most Excellent Majesty in Council

Whereas this Order is made only for purposes corresponding to those of the[1991 c. 23] Children and Young Persons (Protection from Tobacco) Act 1991:

Now, therefore, Her Majesty, in exercise of the powers conferred by paragraph 1 of Schedule 1 to the [1974 c. 28] Northern Ireland Act 1974 (as modified by section 8(6) of the said Act of 1991) and of all other powers enabling Her in that behalf, is pleased, by and with the advice of Her Privy Council, to order, and it is hereby ordered, as follows:—

Introductory

Title and commencement

1.—(1) This Order may be cited as the Children and Young Persons (Protection from Tobacco) (Northern Ireland) Order 1991.

(2) This Order shall come into operation on such day or days as the Head of the Department may by order appoint.

Interpretation

2.—(1) The [1954 c. 33 (N. I.)] Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954 shall apply to Article 1 and the following provisions of this Order as it applies to a Measure of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

(2) In this Order “the Department” means the Department of Health and Social Services.

Amendment of Articles 3 and 4 of the Health and Personal Social Services (Northern Ireland) Order 1978

3.—(1) The [1978 NI 26] Health and Personal Social Services (Northern Ireland) Order 1978 shall be amended as follows.

(2) In Article 3 (prohibition on sale of tobacco, etc., to persons apparently under 16)—

(a)in paragraph (1) the word “apparently” shall be omitted;

(b)after paragraph (1) there shall be inserted—

(1A) It shall be a defence for a person charged with an offence under paragraph (1) to prove that he took all reasonable precautions and exercised all due diligence to avoid the commission of the offence.; and

(c)in paragraph (3) for “£50” there shall be substituted “level 4 on the standard scale”.

(3) In Article 4 (control of automatic machines for sale of tobacco)—

(a)in paragraph (1) for “is being extensively used by persons apparently” there shall be substituted “has been used by any person”; and

(b)in paragraph (2) for the words from “to a fine” onwards there shall be substituted “to a fine not exceeding level 4 on the standard scale”.

Sale of unpackaged cigarettes

4.—(1) It shall be an offence for any person carrying on a retail business to sell cigarettes to any person other than in pre-packed quantities of 10 or more cigarettes in their original package.

(2) Any person guilty of an offence under paragraph (1) shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.

(3) In this Article “original package” means the package in which the cigarettes were supplied for the purpose of retail sale by the manufacturer or importer; and “package” means any box, carton or other container.

Display of warning statements in retail premises and on vending machines

5.—(1) A notice displaying the following statement—

  • It is illegal to sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 16

shall be exhibited at every premises at which tobacco is sold by retail, and shall be so exhibited in a prominent position where the statement is readily visible to persons at the point of sale of the tobacco; and where—

(a)any person carries on a business involving the sale of tobacco by retail at any premises, and

(b)no notice is exhibited at those premises in accordance with this paragraph,

that person shall be guilty of an offence.

(2) A notice displaying the following statement—

  • This machine is only for the use of people aged 16 or over

shall be exhibited on every automatic machine for the sale of tobacco which is kept available for use as such at any premises, and shall be so exhibited in such a way that the statement is readily visible to persons using the machine; and where—

(a)any person is the owner of any such machine which is so kept or the owner of the premises at which any such machine is so kept, and

(b)no notice is exhibited on the machine in accordance with this paragraph,

that person shall be guilty of an offence.

(3) The dimensions of the notice to be exhibited in accordance with paragraph (1) or (2), and the size of the statement to be displayed on it, shall be such as may be prescribed by regulations made by the Department subject to negative resolution.

(4) Any person guilty of an offence under paragraph (1) or (2) shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.

(5) It shall be a defence for a person charged with any such offence to prove that he took all reasonable precautions and exercised all due diligence to avoid the commission of the offence.

(6) In this Article—

  • “premises” includes any place and any vehicle, vessel, aircraft, hovercraft, stall or moveable structure; and

  • “tobacco” (except where it appears in the statement required by paragraph (1)) has the same meaning as in Part II of the [1978 NI 26] Health and Personal Social Services (Northern Ireland) Order 1978.

Enforcement action by district councils

6.—(1) It shall be the duty of every district council—

(a)to consider, at least once in every period of 12 months, the extent to which it is appropriate for the council to carry out in its district a programme of enforcement action relating to Part II of the Health and Personal Social Services (Northern Ireland) Order 1978 and Articles 3 and 4, and

(b)accordingly to carry out in its district any programme which is for the time being considered by the council to be appropriate under sub-paragraph (a).

(2) In paragraph (1)(a) the reference to a programme of enforcement action relating to the provisions there mentioned is a reference to a programme involving all or any of the following, namely—

(a)the bringing of prosecutions in respect of offences under those provisions;

(b)the investigation of complaints in respect of alleged offences under those provisions;

(c)the taking of other measures intended to reduce the incidence of offences under those provisions;

(d)the making of complaints under Article 4(1) of the Order of 1978 and, with a view to determining whether such complaints should be made, the monitoring of the use of such machines for the sale of tobacco as are mentioned in that provision.

Restriction on application of this Order

7.—(1) Nothing in Article 3 has effect in relation to any offence committed before the commencement of that Article.

(2) Paragraph (3)(a) of Article 3—

(a)shall not affect the continued operation of Article 4 of the [1978 NI 26] Health and Personal Social Services (Northern Ireland) Order 1978, as in operation before the date of the coming into operation of that Article 3(3)(a), in a case where the relevant use of which evidence has been or would be given in support of a complaint or application under that Article 4 (as so in operation) took place before that date, and

(b)accordingly shall, in particular, not affect—

(i)any complaint or application made under that Article 4 before that date, or

(ii)any order so made;

and no complaint or application shall be made on or after that date under that Article 4 (as for the time being in operation) in respect of any relevant use which took place before that date.

(3) In paragraph (2) “relevant use” means use of any such automatic machine as is mentioned in that Article 4.

G. I. de Deney

Clerk of the Privy Council

Explanatory Note

(This note is not part of the Order)

This Order is made only for purposes corresponding to those of the Children and Young Persons (Protection from Tobacco) Act 1991 (c. 23).

It increases the penaltieVs for the sale of tobacco to persons under the age of 16 years, prohibits the sale of unpackaged cigarettes, requires the publication of warning statements in retail premises and on vending machines and makes provision with respect to enforcement action by district councils relating to offences connected with the sale of tobacco.

Back to top

Options/Help

Print Options

Close

Legislation is available in different versions:

Latest Available (revised):The latest available updated version of the legislation incorporating changes made by subsequent legislation and applied by our editorial team. Changes we have not yet applied to the text, can be found in the ‘Changes to Legislation’ area.

Original (As Enacted or Made):The original version of the legislation as it stood when it was enacted or made. No changes have been applied to the text.

Close

Opening Options

Different options to open legislation in order to view more content on screen at once

Close

More Resources

Access essential accompanying documents and information for this legislation item from this tab. Dependent on the legislation item being viewed this may include:

  • the original print PDF of the as enacted version that was used for the print copy
  • lists of changes made by and/or affecting this legislation item
  • confers power and blanket amendment details
  • all formats of all associated documents
  • correction slips
  • links to related legislation and further information resources