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The Dairy Produce Quotas (Scotland) Regulations 2002

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Approval and registration of purchasers

24.—(1) For the purposes of Article 13 of the Commission Regulation (which concerns the approval of purchasers), a purchaser shall submit to the Scottish Ministers an application seeking approval of that purchaser by the Scottish Ministers in such form as they may reasonably require.

(2) An application under paragraph (1) shall state the trading address of the purchaser, or, where there is more than one such address, each such address and the principal trading address of the purchaser.

(3) For the purposes of Article 13(2) of the Commission Regulation (which permits member States to lay down stricter rules on the approval of purchasers), the Scottish Ministers shall only approve a purchaser where that purchaser –

(a)has given an undertaking to them to abide by the provisions of these Regulations and the Community legislation and comply with that undertaking;

(b)has no history of having committed–

(i)an irregularity under, or material infringement of, any Community provision relating to a Community aid scheme; or

(ii)an offence under an enactment implementing a Community or domestic aid scheme; and

(c)has, by submitting to them such information as the Scottish Ministers may reasonably require, demonstrated to their reasonable satisfaction that that purchaser has a sound financial basis upon which to operate.

(4) Each purchaser shall–

(a)inform the Scottish Ministers of–

(i)any change of trading address, or where there is more than one such address, any change in such trading address, any additional trading address and any change of principal trading address; and

(ii)any factor or change in circumstances which they might reasonably consider materially to affect any matter which is relevant to their consideration of the application for approval or which affects the ability of the applicant to comply with the undertaking referred to in paragraph (2);

(b)confirm to each producer supplying that purchaser that the purchaser is approved and supply on request details of that approval; and

(c)notify each producer supplying that purchaser if that approval is withdrawn.

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