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The Common Agricultural Policy Single Payment and Support Schemes (Cross Compliance) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006

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1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Common Agricultural Policy Single Payment and Support Schemes (Cross Compliance) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006, and shall come into operation on 15th December 2006.

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2.—(1) The Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954(1) shall apply to these Regulations as it applies to an Act of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Amendment to the principal Regulations

3.  The Common Agricultural Policy Single Payment and Support Schemes (Cross-Compliance) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2005 shall be amended as provided for in regulation 4.

4.—(1) In regulation 2(2) (Interpretation)—

(a)for the definition of “Commission Regulation 796/2004” substitute the following—

“Commission Regulation 796/2004” means Commission Regulation (EC) No. 796/2004 laying down detailed rules for the implementation of cross-compliance modulation and the integrated administration and control system provided for in the Council Regulation, as last amended by Commission Regulation (EC) No. 659/2006(2).”

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for the definition of “Council Regulation” substitute the following—

“Council Regulation 1782/2003” means Council Regulation No. 1782/2003 establishing common rules for direct support schemes under the common agricultural policy and establishing certain support schemes for farmers, as last amended by Council Regulation(EC) No. 319/2006(3)”.

(2) For regulation 6 substitute the following—

6.(1) For the purposes of Article 42(1) of the Commission Regulation,

(a)the Department of the Environment is the specialised control body who shall bear the responsibility of carrying out the controls in respect of the statutory management requirements under numbers 1 to 5 of Annex III of the Council Regulation;

(b)the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland is the specialised control body who shall bear the responsibility of carrying out controls in respect of the statutory management requirements under number 9 of Annex III to the Council Regulation;

(c)the Department is the specialised control body who shall bear the responsibility of carrying out controls in relation to all other Cross Compliance requirements and standards.

(2) The Department shall, pursuant to Article 48 of the Commission Regulation, establish the final control report and where the Department is not the Paying Agency, send the control report to the Paying Agency..

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development on 17th November 2006.

L.S.

G. O'Doherty

A senior officer of the

Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

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