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Food Safety (Fishery Products and Live Shellfish) (Hygiene) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999

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SCHEDULESchedule to be inserted after Schedule 4 to the principal Regulations

Regulation 47

SCHEDULE 4AInspection Charges

PART ICOMMON PROVISIONS

Interpretation

1.  In this Schedule—

“account period” means an account period determined under paragraph 4;

“actual costs” means actual costs determined in accordance with paragraph 2;

“relevant district council” means the district council to which a charge is payable under paragraph 6;

“specified pelagic fish” means—

(a)

herring of the species Clupea harengus,

(b)

sardines of the species Sardina pilchardus,

(c)

mackerel of the species Scomber scombrus or Scomber japonicus,

(d)

horse mackerel,

(e)

anchovies,

(f)

picarels of the species Maena smaris;

“third country,” except in the expression third country import, means any country or territory, other than Greenland, which does not comprise the whole or part of a member State or an EEA State;

“vendor” means—

(a)

where an agent sells fishery products on behalf of the owner or master of a vessel, that agent;

(b)

in any other case, the owner or master of the vessel.

The calculation of actual costs

2.(1) For the purposes of this Schedule, the actual costs of an inspection are the costs directly involved in carrying out a health inspection under these Regulations having regard to the following factors—

(a)the salaries and fees, together with overtime payments and employers' national insurance and superannuation contributions, of all staff directly involved in the health inspection and all staff engaged in the management or administration of health inspections;

(b)the costs of in-service training for staff directly involved in the health inspection;

(c)any travelling costs and related incidental expenses incurred in carrying out an inspection except those incurred by a person attending his normal place of work;

(d)the costs of office accommodation, equipment and services for staff involved in carrying out inspections under these Regulations, including depreciation of any office furniture and equipment and also including the cost of information technology, stationery and forms;

(e)the costs of protective clothing and equipment used in carrying out the inspection;

(f)the costs of laundering protective clothing used for the inspection;

(g)sampling and analysis costs incurred in the inspection;

(h)the routine administrative costs of accounting and collecting charges and of providing pay-roll and personnel services in connection with the employment of staff carrying out the inspection.

(2) Where any of the above factors relate only partly to the inspection in question, only the appropriate percentage of the costs shall be charged.

Sterling equivalents of euro

3.(1) The sterling equivalent of any amount expressed in this Schedule as a number of euros shall be converted to sterling at the official rate as follows—

(a)before 1st January 2000, at the rate of euro 1 equals £0.668484,

(b)after 31st December 1999, the rate for each subsequent year to 31st December shall be that which is published annually on the first working day of the preceding September in the C Series of the Official Journal of the European Communities.

(2) Any reference in this Schedule to a specified number of euros shall be taken to be a reference to the sterling equivalent of that number calculated under this regulation.

Account period

4.(1) For the purposes of this Schedule, the account period shall be one month or such longer period not exceeding 12 months as is determined by the district council.

(2) The account period shall be determined with a view to reducing to a reasonable amount, in comparison with the charges which are expected to fall due, the costs of —

(a)making returns; and

(b)collecting charges.

Recovery of charges

5.(1) Any sum which may be recovered under this Schedule may be recovered as a civil debt.

(2) Where the same duty is imposed by this Schedule on more than one person, the district council may enforce it—

(a)jointly against them, or any two or more of them, or

(b)separately against any one or more of them.

District councils, assessments and appeals
Charges to be paid to district councils

6.(1) Subject to the following provisions of this paragraph, a sum equal to the amount of any charge which is payable under this Schedule shall be payable to the district council in whose area the obligation to pay it arises.

(2) If in respect of landings of fishery products a chargeable transaction takes place before the fishery products are landed in Northern Ireland, a sum equal to the amount of any general landings charge under Part II or any third country direct landings charge under Part III which a vendor is required to include in the purchase price shall be payable by him to the district council responsible for the checks provided for in Section II of Chapter V of Schedule 3 in respect of those products.

(3) If an inspection is carried out on a factory vessel whilst it is abroad, a charge under paragraph 9 of Part II equal to the actual costs of carrying out those checks shall be payable by the owner or master of the vessel to the district council which has carried them out.

(4) Where a district council becomes aware that any charge is due to it under this Schedule, it shall—

(a)calculate the amount of the charge having regard to the information in its possession;

(b)give notice of the amount so calculated to any person from whom it may be collected;

(c)seek recovery of that amount from that person.

(5) If a district council is satisfied (as a result of receiving further information or otherwise) that a calculation made under sub-paragraph (4) is incorrect, it shall recalculate the charge and—

(a)where it is more than the amount calculated under sub-paragraph (4), it shall recover the higher amount in accordance with that sub-paragraph;

(b)where it is less than the amount calculated under that sub-paragraph and that amount has not been recovered, it shall recover the lesser amount in accordance with that sub-paragraph;

(c)where no charge is payable or it is less than the amount calculated under that sub-paragraph, and that amount has been recovered, it shall repay the difference.

Appeals

7.(1) A person may appeal against any decision of the district council which imposes a charge under this Schedule.

(2) The appeal shall be heard by a court of summary jurisdiction and Article 37(2) to (3) of the Order shall apply in relation to such an appeal as it applies in relation to an appeal under Article 37(1)(c) of the Order.

(3) On an appeal, the court may—

(a)confirm the decision of the district council;

(b)determine any charge which is payable under this Schedule and, in particular, may reduce the amount of any charge by the reducible element where the district council has not made this reduction;

(c)determine that no charge is payable.

(4) Pending the outcome of the appeal the original amount of the charge shall remain payable, but if after the court’s decision the amount of the charge needs to be recalculated, the new amount of the charge shall have effect from the date on which the original charge was made and the sum equal to that new amount shall be payable to the district council.

(5) If the court determines that the amount of any charge imposed under this Schedule is less than the amount which any person has paid to a district council in respect of it, the overpayment shall be reimbursed by that district council.

Fees payable to more than one district council

8.  In any case where there is a deferred inspection and—

(a)the district council responsible for checks on vessels and on conditions of landing (“the general monitoring council”); or

(b)the district council responsible for the checks provided for in Section II of Chapter V of Schedule 3 (“the special checks council”),

is different form the district council to which a charge is required to be paid under this Schedule, the recipient council shall remit to the general monitoring council or, as the case may be, the special checks council a sum equal to any amount received which is referable to checks for which the general monitoring council or, as the case may be, the special checks council is responsible.

PART IIINSPECTION CHARGES OTHER THAN CHARGES FOR DIRECT LANDINGS FROM THIRD COUNTRY VESSELS AND THIRD COUNTRY IMPORTS

General provisions
Interpretation

1.  In this Part—

“chargeable transaction” has the same meaning as in paragraph 2(1);

“general landings charge” means a charge calculated under paragraph 2;

“reducible element” means—

(a)

in relation to the general landings charge, the element in that charge which may be reduced under paragraph 3;

(b)

in relation to the charge payable under paragraph 5 for fishery products landed from factory ships, the element in that charge which may be reduced under paragraph 7;

(c)

in relation to the charge payable under paragraph 10 in respect of a preparation or processing establishment, the element in that charge which may be reduced under paragraph 12;

“relevant landed fishery products” means fishery products which—

(a)

were caught in their natural environment;

(b)

have not or had not been on land prior to being landed;

(c)

are or will be landed in Northern Ireland; and

(d)

are intended for placing on the market for human consumption;

other than third country direct landings to which Part III applies or third country imports;

“third country import” means an import in respect of which an inspection charge is payable under regulation 29(5) (certain imports from third countries) of the Products of Animal Origin (Import and Export) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1998(1).

Charges in respect of landings
General landings charge

2.(1) The first sale in Northern Ireland of relevant landed fishery products shall be a chargeable transaction for the purposes of this Part.

(2) Where there is a chargeable transaction, the vendor shall include in the price which he charges the purchaser an amount in respect of the general landings charge.

(3) Subject to sub-paragraph (4) and paragraph 3, the amount of the general landings charge shall be a contribution in respect of allaying expenditure incurred in carrying out the checks mentioned in Section II of Chapter V of Schedule 3 (special checks) of euro 1 per tonne of directly landed fishery products for the first 50 tonnes and euro 0.5 per tonne thereafter.

(4) Any charge in respect of specified pelagic fish shall not exceed euros 50 per consignment unloaded, if the actual costs do not exceed that amount.

(5) The charge shall be payable to the relevant district council.

The reducible element of the general landings charge

3.  The relevant district council shall reduce by 55% the part of the general landings charge which is calculated in accordance with paragraph 2 where any of the checks mentioned in Section II of Chapter V of Schedule 3 are or were facilitated by one or both of the following factors—

(a)the fish are or were graded for freshness and/or size in accordance with relevant national or Community rules;

(b)the first sale transactions are or where grouped together, in particular at an auction or wholesale market.

Collection and remittance of charges relating to general landings

4.(1) Within 7 days of the end of each account period in which a vendor enters into a chargeable transaction, he shall make a written return in respect of that transaction to the relevant district council to which the general landings charge is payable.

(2) The return shall give information which relates to the chargeable transaction entered into during that account period or, if there has been more than one such transaction, information in respect of the aggregate of the transactions.

(3) A return made under this paragraph shall include the following information—

(a)the account period to which the return relates;

(b)the place of landing and first sale of the fishery products to which it relates;

(c)for landings of fishery products other than specified pelagic fish—

(i)the name of each vessel and the number of consignments landed from it;

(ii)the aggregate weight of consignments landed by each vessel which do not exceed 50 tonnes and the first 50 tonnes of heavier consignments;

(iii)the aggregate weight of consignments less the weight calculated under (ii);

(d)for landings of specified pelagic fish—

(i)the name of each vessel and the number of consignments landed from it;

(ii)the aggregate weight of consignments landed by each vessel which do not exceed 50 tonnes and the first 50 tonnes of heavier consignments;

(e)the amount of any reducible element which has been taken into account in calculating the amount of the charge in respect of—

(i)consignments of fish other than specified pelagic fish; and

(ii)consignments of specified pelagic fish;

specifying whether it has been taken into account under paragraph 3(a) or (b); and

(f)the amount of the relevant charge.

(4) During the period of 1 year beginning on the day on which a vendor makes a return under this paragraph—

(a)the district council to whom it was made may require the vendor to provide separate information of the kind required by sub-paragraph (3) in respect of each transaction included in it; and

(b)the vendor shall retain information which is sufficient to enable him to supply any such information which is requested.

Additional charges relating to factory ships
Charges for fishery products landed from factory ships

5.(1) A charge is payable under this paragraph by the master or owner of a factory ship as a contribution in respect of allaying expenditure incurred in carrying out checks mentioned in Sections I and II of Chapter V of Schedule 3.

(2) The charge payable under sub-paragraph (1)—

(a)shall be payable in addition to the charge payable under paragraph 2; but

(b)shall not apply to third country imports or third country direct landings to which Part III applies.

(3) The charge shall be payable to the relevant district council.

Payment of the charge for fishery products landed from factory ships

6.  The charge payable under paragraph 5 shall be euro 1 per tonne of fishery products which are landed.

The reducible element of the charge in respect of products landed from factory ships

7.  The district council to which a charge is payable under paragraph 5 shall reduce the charge payable under paragraph 6 by 55% where—

(a)first sale and preparation or processing is carried out on the same factory ship; or

(b)operating conditions on a factory ship, and guarantees as to the ship’s own checks, are such that inspection staff requirements can be reduced.

Collection and remittance of the factory ship charge

8.(1) Within 7 days of the end of each account period in which fishery products in respect of which a charge is payable under paragraph 5 have been landed from a factory ship, the master or owner of the ship who is responsible for paying that charge shall make a written return in respect of it to the relevant district council.

(2) The return shall give information which relates to a landing of fishery products from a factory ship during that account period or, if there has been more than one such landing, information in respect of the aggregate of them.

(3) A return made under this paragraph shall include the following information—

(a)the account period to which the return relates;

(b)the name of each factory ship from which fishery products are landed and each place of landing;

(c)the number of landings during that account period;

(d)the weight of the fishery products landed;

(e)the amount of any reducible element which has been taken into account, specifying whether it has been taken into account under paragraph 7(a) or (b); and

(f)the amount of the charge.

(4) During the period of 1 year beginning on the day on which a master or owner makes a return under this paragraph—

(a)the district council to whom the return was made may require him to provide separate information of the kind required by sub-paragraph (3) in respect of each landing included in it; and

(b)he shall retain information which is sufficient to enable him to supply any such information which is requested.

Charges in respect of inspections of factory ships abroad

9.(1) A charge is payable by the master or owner of a factory ship approved under regulation 24 (approval of factory vessels) in respect of the expenditure incurred in carrying out inspections abroad for the purposes of the checks mentioned in Sections I and II of Chapter V of Schedule 3.

(2) The charge is the actual cost of the inspection.

(3) The charge shall be payable to the relevant district council.

Charges in respect of fishery products entering establishments
Charges in respect of preparation or processing establishments

10.(1) A charge is payable by the proprietor or operator of a preparation or processing establishment as a contribution in respect of allaying expenditure incurred in carrying out checks mentioned in Sections I and II of Chapter V of Schedule 3.

(2) The charge shall be payable to the relevant district council.

Payment of the charge in respect of preparation or processing establishments

11.(1) The charge shall be euro 1 per tonne of fishery products which enter the establishment.

(2) The charge shall not apply to fishery products returned to an establishment in an identical form to that in which they were when they left it.

The reducible element of the charge in respect of preparation or processing establishments

12.  The relevant district council shall reduce the charge payable under paragraph 10 by 55% where preparation or processing is carried out—

(a)on the same site as the first sale; or

(b)in an establishment in which operating conditions and guarantees as to the establishment’s own checks are such that inspection staff requirements can be reduced.

Collection and remittance of charges relating to preparation or processing establishments

13.(1) Within 7 days of the end of each account period in which fishery products have entered a preparation or processing establishment, the proprietor or operator who is responsible for paying the charge under paragraph 10 relating to that establishment shall make a written return in respect of it to the relevant district council.

(2) The return shall give information which relates to the fishery products which have entered that establishment during that account period.

(3) A return made under this paragraph shall include the following information—

(a)the account period to which the return relates;

(b)the weight of the fishery products entering the establishment;

(c)the amount of any reducible element which has been taken into account, specifying whether it has been made under paragraph 12(a) or (b); and

(d)the amount of the charge.

(4) During the period of 1 year beginning on the day on which a proprietor or operator makes a return under this paragraph—

(a)the district council to whom the return was made may require him to provide separate information of the kind required by sub-paragraph (3) in respect of each batch of fishery products included in it; and

(b)he shall retain information which is sufficient to enable him to supply any such information which is requested.

Charges in respect of other establishments

14.(1) A charge is payable by the proprietor or operator of an establishment (other than an establishment in which fishery products are prepared or processed) in which fishery products are only chilled, frozen, packaged or stored.

(2) The charge is in respect of the expenditure incurred in carrying out programmed inspections for the purposes of the checks mentioned in Sections I and II of Chapter V of Schedule 3.

(3) The charge is the actual cost of the programmed inspection.

(4) The charge shall be payable to the relevant district council.

PART IIIINSPECTION CHARGES FOR DIRECT LANDINGS FROM THIRD COUNTRY VESSELS

Interpretation

1.(1) In this Part—

“chargeable transaction” shall be construed in accordance with paragraph 2(1);

“reducible element” means the part of the charge which is reducible under paragraph 3;

“relevant fishery products” means imported fishery products which—

(a)

originate in a third country;

(b)

were caught in their natural environment;

(c)

have not or had not been on land prior to their importation or proposed importation into the European Community, an EEA State or Greenland;

(d)

are or will be landed in Northern Ireland; and

(e)

are intended for placing on the market for human consumption;

“third country direct landings charge” shall be construed in accordance with paragraph 2(1).

Charge in respect of official checks on third country direct landings

2.(1) When any relevant fishery products are sold for the first time in Northern Ireland (referred to in this Schedule as a “chargeable transaction”), the vendor of those products shall include in the price which the first purchaser is required to pay for them an amount referred to in this Part as the “third country direct landings charge”.

(2) Subject to paragraph 3, the amount of the third country direct landings charge shall be—

(a)in respect of allaying the expenditure incurred in carrying out the checks mentioned in Section II of Chapter V of Schedule 3 (special checks), euro 1 per tonne of relevant fishery products for the first 50 tonnes and euro 0.5 per tonne thereafter, except that any charge in respect of specified pelagic fish shall not exceed euros 50 per consignment unloaded, if the actual costs do not exceed that amount; and

(b)in respect of allaying the expenditure incurred in carrying out checks on vessels and on conditions of landing, euro 1 per tonne.

The reducible element of the charge

3.  The relevant district council shall reduce by 55% the part of the third country direct landings charge which is calculated in accordance with paragraph 2(2)(a) in circumstances where any of the checks mentioned in Section II of Chapter V of Schedule 3 are or were facilitated by one or both of the following factors—

(a)the fish are or were graded for freshness and/or size in accordance with relevant national or Community rules;

(b)the first sale transactions are or were grouped together, in particular at an auction or wholesale market.

Collection and remittance arrangements

4.(1) A vendor who has entered into a chargeable transaction shall within seven days of the end of the account period during which the chargeable transaction took place make a return to the district council in respect of it or, if there has been more than one such transaction, information in respect of the aggregate of the transactions.

(2) For the purpose of calculating the third country direct landings charge, he shall include in that return the following information—

(a)the account period to which the return relates;

(b)the places of landing and first sale of the fishery products to which it relates;

(c)for landings of fishery products other than specified pelagic fish—

(i)the name of each vessel and the number of consignments landed from it;

(ii)the aggregate weight of consignments landed by each vessel which do not exceed 50 tonnes and the first 50 tonnes of heavier consignments;

(iii)the aggregate weight of consignments less the weight calculated under (ii);

(d)for landings of specified pelagic fish—

(i)the name of each vessel and the number of consignments landed from it;

(ii)the aggregate weight of consignments landed by each vessel which do not exceed 50 tonnes and the first 50 tonnes of heavier consignments;

(e)the amount of any reducible element which has been taken into account in calculating the amount of the charge in respect of—

(i)consignments of fish other than specified pelagic fish; and

(ii)consignments of specified pelagic fish;

specifying whether it has been taken into account under paragraph 3(a) or (b); and

(f)the amount of the relevant charge.

(3) For the purpose of allaying the expenditure incurred in carrying out checks on vessels and on conditions of landing, the vendor shall, in addition to the information required under sub-paragraph (2), include information on—

(a)the total weight of all fishery products landed, including specified pelagic fish; and

(b)the amount of the charge in respect of those products.

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