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The Organic Aid (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 1999

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1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Organic Aid (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 1999 and shall come into force on 29th October 1999.

(2) These Regulations extend to Scotland only.

Interpretation

2.  In these Regulations–

“the principal Regulations” means the Organic Aid (Scotland) Regulations 1994(1); and

“undertaking” means an undertaking given under the principal Regulations.

Application

3.—(1) Subject to paragraph (2), these Regulations apply with effect from 29th October 1999–

(a)to any undertaking given before that date but only in respect of payments made on or after that date; and

(b)to any undertaking given on or after that date.

(2) Paragraph (3) applies in relation to the sum payable in any year of an undertaking where the application of these Regulations to that undertaking by virtue of paragraph (1)(a) would result in the sum of the aid payable for that year being of a lesser amount than the sum of the aid which would have been payable if calculated under the provisions of the principal Regulations in force immediately prior to the coming into force of these Regulations.

(3) Where this paragraph applies in relation to the sum payable in any year of an undertaking, the sum of the aid payable in that year under the principal Regulations shall be increased to amount of the sum which would have been payable if calculated as mentioned in paragraph (2).

Amendment of the principal Regulations

4.  In regulation 2(1) (interpretation) of the principal Regulations–

(a)the definition of “arable land” shall be omitted; and

(b)there shall be inserted in the appropriate place–

“eligible arable land” means eligible land as defined in the Arable Area Payments Regulations 1996(2);.

5.  For regulation 10(2) (amounts of aid and claims) of the principal Regulations there shall be substituted–

(2) Payments shall be made in respect of a maximum of 1000 hectares per holding or common grazing.

(2A) Within the maximum mentioned in paragraph(2), payments in relation to eligible arable land and improved grassland shall not be made in respect of more than 300 hectares of any such land, taken together or separately..

6.  For the Schedule set out in the principal Regulations there shall be substituted the Schedule set out in the Schedule to these Regulations.

ROSS FINNIE

A member of the Scottish Executive

St Andrew’s House,

Edinburgh

7th October 1999

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