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Scottish Statutory Instruments

2005 No. 569

AGRICULTURE

The Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2005

Made

10th November 2005

Laid before the Scottish Parliament

11th November 2005

Coming into force

2nd December 2005

The Scottish Ministers in exercise of the powers conferred by section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972(1) and of all other powers enabling them in that behalf, hereby make the following Regulations:

Citation, commencement and application

1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2005 and shall come into force on 2nd December 2005.

(2) These Regulations apply to holdings in respect of which the Scottish Ministers are the competent authority, in accordance with the Common Agricultural Policy Single Payment and Support Schemes (Integrated Administration and Control System) Regulations 2005(2).

Interpretation

2.—(1) In these Regulations, unless the context otherwise requires–

“agricultural” includes the use of land–

(a)

for the purposes of horticulture, fruit growing, seed growing, dairy farming and livestock breeding and keeping;

(b)

as grazing land, meadow land, osier land, market gardens and nursery grounds; and

(c)

for woodlands, where that use is ancillary to the use of land for other agricultural purposes;

“alpaca” means any alpaca of any breed which are kept by way of business for the primary purpose of fibre production;

“animal” means any animal (including fish, reptiles or amphibians) bred or kept for the production of food, wool, skin or fur or for other farming purposes;

“applicant” means a person who has made an application for less favoured area support under these Regulations in accordance with regulation 3;

“area aid application” has the same meaning as in Article 6 of Council Regulation 3508/1992;

“authorised person” means a person who is authorised by the Scottish Ministers, either generally or specifically, to act in relation to matters arising under these Regulations;

“cattle” for the purposes of regulation 11 (enterprise mix), means–

(a)

suckler cows and heifers; and

(b)

for those applicants maintaining a dairy herd in the islands of Shetland, the islands of Orkney, the islands of Islay, Jura, Arran, Bute, Great Cumbrae, Little Cumbrae and the Kintyre Peninsula south of Tarbert, any other islands in the Outer Hebrides and the Inner Hebrides, or part of the Cowal peninsula as defined in Schedule 10, a livestock unit for each 5730 litres of milk quota held,

which the Scottish Ministers determine are to be taken into account from time to time;

CLOPS” means cereals, linseed, oils and proteins corresponding to the types and use codes detailed in Schedule 4;

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 Council Regulation (EC) No. 1782/2003 establishing common rules for direct support schemes under the common agricultural policy and establishing certain support schemes for farmers(3) ;

Commission Regulation 817/2004” means Commission Regulation (EC) No. 817/2004 laying down detailed rules for the application of Council Regulation (EC) No. 1257/1999 on support for rural development from the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF);

“common grazing” has the same meaning as it has for the purpose of Article 11 of Commission Regulation 817/2004;

“competent authority” has the same meaning as in regulation 5 of the Common Agricultural Policy Single Payment and Support Schemes (Integrated Administration and Control System) Regulations 2005;

“Council Regulation 3508/1992” means Council Regulation (EEC) No. 3508/1992 establishing an Integrated Administration and Control System for certain Community aid schemes(4);

Council Regulation 1782/2003” means Council Regulation (EC) No. 1782/2003 establishing common rules for direct support schemes under the common agricultural policy and establishing certain support schemes for farmers(5);

Council Regulation 1257/1999” means Council Regulation (EC) No. 1257/1999 on support for rural development from the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF) and amending and repealing certain Regulations(6);

“cross-border holding” means a holding in the United Kingdom which is situated partly in Scotland;

“designated maps” means the four maps numbered 1 to 4, each such map being marked “Map of less-favoured farming areas in Scotland”, dated 5th May 1991, signed by the Secretary of State for Scotland and deposited at the offices of the Scottish Executive Environment and Rural Affairs Department, Pentland House, 47 Robb’s Loan, Edinburgh EH14 1TY;

“eligible agricultural activity” means one or more of the following activities which, in the opinion of the Scottish Ministers are undertaken for a period or periods totalling not less than 183 days in the 2005 calendar year;–

(a)

maintaining a herd of suckler cows;

(b)

maintaining a flock of sheep comprising females of the ovine species which have lambed at least once or are at least 1 year old by 15th May in the Scheme year;

(c)

maintaining a dairy herd in–

(i)

the islands of Shetland;

(ii)

the islands of Orkney;

(iii)

the islands of Islay, Jura, Arran, Bute, Great Cumbrae, Little Cumbrae and the Kintyre Peninsula south of Tarbert;

(iv)

any other islands in the Outer Hebrides and the Inner Hebrides; or

(v)

part of the Cowal peninsula as defined in Schedule 10;

(d)

maintaining a breeding herd of farmed deer for meat production;

(e)

maintaining a breeding herd of goats for fibre production;

(f)

maintaining a breeding herd of alpaca for fibre production; or

(g)

maintaining a breeding herd of llamas for fibre production;

“eligible land” has the same meaning as in regulation 6;

“eligible livestock unit” means a livestock unit determined in accordance with regulation 10(4) and Part I of Schedule 1;

“farmed deer” means any deer (of any species) which are managed on a holding enclosed by a deer-proof barrier and are kept on the holding by way of business for the primary purpose of the production of meat;

“forage area” has the same meaning as in Article 131(2)(b) of Council Regulation 1782/2003;

“goat” means any goat (of any species) which is kept by way of business for the primary purpose of fibre production;

“holding” has the same meaning as in Article 2(b) of Council Regulation 1782/2003;

“less favoured area” means the land shown coloured in blue or in pink on the designated maps–

(a)

which is situated in an area included in the list of less favoured farming areas adopted by Council Directive 84/169/EEC concerning the Community list of less-favoured farming areas within the meaning of Article 21 of Council Regulation (EC) No. 950/97(7); and

(b)

which is, in the opinion of the Scottish Ministers, inherently suitable for extensive livestock production but not for the production of crops in quantity materially greater than that necessary to feed such livestock as are capable of being maintained on such land, and whose agricultural production is, in the opinion of the Scottish Ministers, restricted in its range by, or any combination of, soil, relief, aspect or climate;

“livestock” means suckler cow, dairy cow, beef heifer, dairy heifer, sheep, goat, farmed deer, alpaca and llama;

“livestock unit” means a unit of measurement of livestock numbers, and each of the following constitute one livestock unit:–

(a)

one suckler cow;

(b)

1.66 heifers 8 months and over;

(c)

6.66 breeding ewes;

(d)

6.66 breeding female goats;

(e)

3.33 breeding female farmed deer 27 months and over;

(f)

5 breeding female farmed deer over 6 months but less than 27 months;

(g)

3.33 breeding female alpaca;

(h)

5730 litres of milk quota;

(i)

3.33 breeding female llamas;

“llama” means any llama of any breed which is kept by way of business for the primary purpose of fibre production;

“maximum stocking density” means 1.40 livestock units per hectare;

“minimum stocking density” means 0.12 livestock units per hectare;

“payable area” means the adjusted area of land on which less favoured area support is to be paid, calculated in accordance with regulation 9 and, where appropriate, regulation 11;

“rough grazings and other semi-natural areas” means land containing semi-natural vegetation including heathland, heather moorland, bog, unimproved grassland and rough grassland which is used or suitable for grazing;

“Scheme Year” means a calendar year commencing on 1st January;

“Scheme 2005 payment” means the sum to which the applicant is entitled in respect of the period from 1st January 2004 to 31st December 2004;

“Scheme 2006 payment” means the sum to which the applicant is entitled in respect of the period from 1st January 2005 to 31st December 2005;

“shared grazing” means land used for grazing within a field used by two or more producers;

“Sheep Annual Premium Scheme” means the Sheep Annual Premium Regulations 1992(8);

“single application” has the same meaning as in Article 2(11) of Commission Regulation 796/2004;

“suckler cow” means an adult female bovine animal kept in a regular breeding herd which is not maintained primarily for the production of milk;

“Suckler Cow Premium Scheme” means the Suckler Cow Premium (Scotland) Regulations 2001(9);

“the 1996 Regulations” means the Hill Livestock (Compensatory Allowances) Regulations 1996(10);

“the 1999 Regulations” means the Hill Livestock (Compensatory Allowances) (Scotland) Regulations 1999(11);

“the 2001 Regulations” means the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2001(12);

“the 2002 Regulations” means the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2002(13);

“the 2003 Regulations” means the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2003(14);

“the 2004 Regulations” means the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2004(15);

“usual good farming practices” means those practices undertaken on a holding in compliance with–

(a)

the provisions of environmental legislation set out in Part I of Schedule 2; and

(b)

the verifiable standards set out in Part II of Schedule 2.

(2) Unless the context otherwise requires, any reference in these Regulations to a numbered regulation or paragraph or to a Schedule is a reference to the regulation or paragraph of the regulation or the Schedule so numbered in these Regulations.

(3) Any reference in these Regulations to anything done in writing or produced in written form includes a reference to an electronic communication, as defined in section 15 of Electronic Communications Act 2000(16), which has been recorded and is consequently capable of being reproduced.

Applications for payment of less favoured area support

3.—(1) An application for less favoured area support shall be in such form and shall contain such particulars relating to that application as the Scottish Ministers may reasonably require.

(2) An applicant shall submit the application for less favoured area support in respect of the Scheme Year in question to the Scottish Ministers on or before a date each year which the Scottish Ministers shall determine from time to time.

(3) Subject to paragraph (4), if an applicant submits an application for less favoured area support in respect of the relevant Scheme Year later than the date determined by the Scottish Ministers, the Scottish Ministers must reduce, or as the case may be exclude the applicant from, payment of less favoured area support in accordance with Article 21 of Commission Regulation 796/2004.

(4) Paragraph (3) shall not apply to an applicant who has not previously claimed any subsidy dependent upon an area aid application, who submits a claim form in accordance with regulation 6(1)(b).

Eligibility for payment of less favoured area support

4.—(1) Payment of less favoured area support may be made to an applicant in respect of a Scheme Year only if–

(a)subject to paragraphs (2) and (3), that applicant has given an undertaking, in such form as the Scottish Ministers may reasonably require, to continue to use eligible land for eligible agricultural activities for a period of not less than five years from the first payment made under–

(i)these Regulations;

(ii)the 2004 Regulations;

(iii)the 2003 Regulations;

(iv)the 2002 Regulations;

(v)the 2001 Regulations;

(vi)the 1999 Regulations; or

(vii)the 1996 Regulations;

(b)that applicant applies usual good farming practices on their holding;

(c)that applicant does not use on the holding any of the substances referred to in Article 14.2 of Council Regulation 1257/1999; and

(d)that applicant complies with the environmental controls set out in Schedule 3 in respect of the holding.

(2) An applicant may be released from the undertaking referred to in paragraph (1)(a)–

(a)if the applicant has, during the period for which the undertaking was given, transferred all or part of the holding to another person and that person agrees to take over the undertaking;

(b)if, where the applicant has ceased farming during the period for which the undertaking was given, the applicant’s successor agrees to take over the undertaking; or

(c)if, in the opinion of the Scottish Ministers, the applicant is prevented from continuing to discharge that undertaking by reason of any material circumstances beyond the control of that person.

(3) In the event that the applicant has ceased farming and the applicant’s successor does not agree to be bound by the undertaking referred to in paragraph (1), the Scottish Ministers may, if satisfied that the applicant has, at the time of the cessation of farming, honoured a significant proportion of the undertaking, release the applicant from that undertaking.

Payment of less favoured area support

5.  The Scottish Ministers may pay, on such occasions as they consider fit, in respect of the Scheme Year in question to an applicant less favoured area support for carrying out eligible agricultural activity on eligible land which is not less than 3 hectares.

Eligible land

6.—(1) Subject to paragraph (2), eligible land comprises the number of hectares of forage area in a less favoured area–

(a)as declared in a single application submitted to the Scottish Ministers, on or before 15th May in the Scheme Year for which payment is to be made, by the applicant in accordance with Article 11 of Council Regulation 796/2004; or

(b)where the applicant has not previously claimed any subsidy dependent upon a single application form, as declared by the applicant in a form which the Scottish Ministers shall from time to time specify.

(2) Where the forage area contains land used for CLOPS, the number of hectares declared for CLOPS and treated as eligible land for the purposes of the Scheme 2006 payment of the applicant shall not exceed the number of hectares of CLOPS for which an applicant received a Scheme 2005 payment.

(3) Eligible land includes land in respect of which the applicant has a right of use pursuant to arrangements such as short term lets, seasonal grazing and common grazing.

(4) If an application made in accordance with regulation 3 relates in part to land upon which an activity is carried out which is not an eligible agricultural activity for the purposes of these Regulations, the Scottish Ministers shall determine the area of land which is to be attributed to the eligible agricultural activity.

Transfer of a holding

7.—(1) In determining eligible land under regulation 6(1), the decision of the Scottish Ministers shall be in accordance with Article 74 of Commission Regulation 796/2004 as appropriate.

(2) For the purpose of paragraph 6 of Article 74 of Commission Regulation 796/2004, the Scottish Ministers shall grant less favoured area support to the transferor of a holding, if the transferor–

(a)fulfils the conditions laid down by paragraphs 2 to 5 of Article 74 of Commission Regulation 796/2004; and

(b)has been in continuous occupation of the holding for a period of not less than 183 calendar days in the Scheme Year concerned.

Amount of less favoured area support

8.—(1) Subject to paragraph (2) and regulation 13 (minimum payment), the amount of less favoured area support shall be calculated in accordance with the following formula:–

LFAS = P × R

Where

LFAS is the amount of less favoured area support payable;

P is the payable area calculated in accordance with regulation 9 and, where appropriate, adjusted in accordance with regulation 11; and

R is the rate of payment determined in accordance with regulation 12.

(2) Where an applicant has eligible land in more than one grazing category (as determined for the purposes of regulation 9) then–

(a)the calculation in paragraph (1) shall be applied in respect of the total area of eligible land in each grazing category and, for the purposes of each calculation–

(i)P is the payable area of land in each grazing category calculated in accordance with regulation 9 and, where appropriate, adjusted in accordance with regulation 11; and

(ii)R is the rate of payment for each type of grazing category determined in accordance with regulation 12; and

(b)the total amount of less favoured area support payable shall be the sum of each of those calculations.

Determination of Payable Area

9.—(1) Subject to regulation 10, the payable area shall be the total of the areas of eligible land of the applicant in each grazing category, adjusted in accordance with the following formula:–

P = E × V

Where

P is the payable area;

E is the area of eligible land in each field or shared grazing in calendar year 2005; and

V is the hectare value for each field or shared grazing determined in accordance with paragraph (2).

(2) For the purpose of paragraph (1) the hectare value shall be the entry in the third column of Schedule 5 corresponding to the grazing category in the second column of that Schedule.

(3) For the purposes of this regulation the grazing category of each field or shared grazing of the applicant shall be the entry in the second column of Schedule 5 corresponding to the entry in the first column of that Schedule relating to the stocking density of the applicant who declared the field or shared grazing in an area aid application on or before 15th May 2001.

(4) Subject to paragraph (5), for the purposes of paragraph (3), the stocking density for each field or shared grazing shall be the stocking density that was determined for that field or shared grazing by regulation 9 of the 2003 Regulations following upon an application for less favoured area support under those Regulations.

(5) Where no stocking density was determined under regulation 9 of the 2003 Regulations for a field or shared grazing then, for the purposes of paragraph (3), the Scottish Ministers shall determine a stocking density figure for that part of the land of the applicant.

Stocking density outwith maximum and minimum parameters

10.—(1) Subject to paragraph (7), the following provisions of this regulation shall apply for the purposes of the Scheme 2006 payment where the stocking density calculated in accordance with paragraph (4) and Parts I and II of Schedule 1 using eligible livestock units calculated for the purpose of the Scheme 2005 payment, in accordance with paragraph (4) based on eligible agricultural activity in the calendar year 2004, and eligible land in the calendar year 2005 is either less than the minimum stocking density or greater than the maximum stocking density–

(a)at the start of the retention period where eligibility rests on livestock claimed under the Sheep Annual Premium Scheme;

(b)at the start of the retention period where eligibility rests on livestock claimed under the Suckler Cow Premium Scheme;

(c)during the calendar year 2004 where eligibility rests on livestock declared separately in an application for less favoured area support;

(d)on 31st March 2004, where eligibility rests on maintaining a dairy herd in the area referred to in paragraph (c) of the definition of “eligible agricultural activity” in regulation 2(1); or

(e)in the opinion of the Scottish Ministers where eligibility must be determined from a combination of livestock described in sub-paragraphs (a) to (d) above.

(2) Where the stocking density calculated in accordance with paragraph (4) and Parts I and II of Schedule 1 based on eligible agricultural activity undertaken in calendar year 2004 is less than the minimum stocking density, the eligible land for the purposes of the calculation at regulation 9(1) shall be the number of hectares calculated in accordance with the following formula:–

E1 = K÷M

Where

E1 is the area of eligible land adjusted in accordance with this regulation;

K is, subject to paragraph (6), the number of eligible livestock units based on eligible agricultural activity undertaken in calendar year 2004; and

M is the minimum stocking density.

(3) Where the stocking density calculated in accordance with paragraph (4) and Parts I and II of Schedule 1 based on eligible agricultural activity undertaken in calendar year 2004 is greater than the maximum stocking density, the eligible land for the purposes of the calculation at regulation 9(1) shall be the number of hectares calculated in accordance with the following formula:–

Where

E2 is the area of eligible land adjusted in accordance with this regulation;

F is the area of eligible land determined in accordance with regulation 9(1);

Q is the maximum stocking density; and

J is the number of eligible livestock units based on eligible agricultural activity undertaken in calendar year 2004.

(4) For the purposes of paragraphs (1), (2) and (3), the number of eligible livestock units shall be calculated using–

(a)where eligibility rests solely on livestock claimed under the Sheep Annual Premium Scheme, the greater of–

(i)the number of ewes and gimmers declared as the flock composition as part of a claim for Sheep Annual Premium; or

(ii)the lesser of the number of livestock claimed and the number of livestock quota units held;

(b)where eligibility rests solely on livestock claimed under the Suckler Cow Premium Scheme, the greater of–

(i)the number of cows declared as the herd composition as part of a claim for Suckler Cow Premium; or

(ii)the lesser of the number of livestock claimed and the number of livestock quota units held;

(c)where neither sub-paragraph (a) nor (b) applies, the number of livestock units determined by a decision of the Scottish Ministers using any, or a combination of any, of the following:–

(i)livestock described in sub-paragraph (a) above;

(ii)livestock described in sub-paragraph (b) above;

(iii)livestock units calculated from numbers of deer, goats, alpacas or llamas held throughout the relevant calendar year;

(iv)where the applicant has not claimed any subsidy under the Sheep Annual Premium Scheme, ewes, gimmers and hoggs declared separately as being held throughout the Scheme Year;

(v)where the applicant has not claimed any subsidy under the Suckler Cow Premium Scheme, suckler cows declared separately as being held throughout the Scheme Year; or

(vi)where the applicant maintains a dairy herd in an area referred to in paragraph (c) of the definition of “eligible agricultural activity” in regulation 2(1), livestock units calculated from litres of milk quota held as at 31st March 2004.

(5) Where–

(a)an applicant has land in more than one grazing category (as determined for the purposes of regulation 9); and

(b)where eligible land, for the purpose of the calculation in regulation 9(1), for that applicant has been reduced under paragraph (2) or (3),

the Scottish Ministers shall apply that reduction in eligible land proportionately to the total of the eligible land in each grazing category for the purpose of the calculation in regulation 9(1).

(6) Where an applicant fails to achieve the minimum stocking density as a result of not being able to re-stock following slaughter of livestock under the Animal Health Act 1981(17) or in consequence of the service of a notice or an order being in place under the Foot-and-Mouth Disease Order 1983(18), the Scottish Ministers may, by a decision, determine the total number of livestock units to be used for the purpose of the calculation at paragraph (2).

(7) Where the Scottish Ministers do not hold for an applicant any details of eligible livestock units, based on eligible agricultural activity in 2004 in relation to a Scheme 2005 payment–

(a)the stocking density referred to in paragraph (1) shall be calculated in accordance with Parts I and II of Schedule 1 on the basis of eligible agricultural activity undertaken in calendar year 2005; and

(b)the eligible livestock units referred to in paragraph (4) shall be calculated using the number of livestock units determined by a decision of Scottish Ministers using numbers of suckler cows, ewes, gimmers, hoggs, deer, goats, alpacas and llamas declared separately as being held throughout the 2005 calendar year and, where the applicant maintains a dairy herd in the area referred to in paragraph (c) of the definition of “eligible agricultural activity” in regulation 2(1), livestock units calculated from litres of milk quota held as at 31st March 2005.

Enterprise mix

11.—(1) Subject to paragraphs (3) and (4), where the applicant maintains at least 10% of the total eligible livestock units of the applicant based on eligible agricultural activity undertaken in the calendar year 2004 as cattle, the payable area calculated in accordance with regulation 9 shall be adjusted in accordance with this regulation according to the following formula:–

P1 = P2 × Z

Where

P1 is the payable area adjusted in accordance with this regulation;

P2 is the payable area calculated in accordance with regulation 9; and

Z is the multiplier contained in the second column of Schedule 6 corresponding to either:

(a)

the appropriate proportion of eligible livestock units, based on eligible agricultural activity in the calendar year 2004, maintained as cattle; or

(b)

if paragraph (3) applies, the appropriate proportion of livestock units, determined in accordance with paragraph (4) and Part I of Schedule 1, based on eligible agricultural activity in the calendar year 2005, maintained as cattle.

(2) Where an applicant fails to achieve the necessary cattle livestock units for the purposes of this regulation as a result of not being able to re-stock following slaughter of livestock under the Animal Health Act 1981 in consequence of the service of a notice or an order being in place under the Foot-and-Mouth Disease Order 1983, the Scottish Ministers may, by a decision, determine the total number of cattle livestock units to be used for the purposes of this regulation.

(3) Where–

(a)the Scottish Ministers do not hold for an applicant any details of eligible livestock units, based on eligible activity in 2004 in relation to a Scheme 2005 payment; or

(b)the multiplier determined in accordance with Schedule 6 based on eligible agricultural activity undertaken in 2004, and the multiplier contained in the second column of Schedule 6 corresponding to the appropriate proportion of livestock units, determined in accordance with paragraph (4) on the basis of eligible agricultural activity in 2005, are found, following administrative and periodic checks carried out in accordance with Articles 67 to 69 of Commission Regulation 817/2004, or notification by the applicant, to be different

the livestock units referred to in paragraph (1) shall be determined in accordance with paragraph (4).

(4) Where it is established in accordance with paragraph (3) that a different multiplier is appropriate, livestock units for the purposes of paragraph (1) shall be calculated using the number of livestock units determined by a decision of the Scottish Ministers using numbers of suckler cows, ewes, gimmers hoggs, deer, goats, alpacas and llamas held throughout the 2005 calendar year and, where the applicant maintains a dairy herd in an area referred to in paragraph (c) of the definition of “eligible agricultural activity” in regulation 2(1), livestock units calculated from litres of milk quota held as at 31st March 2005.

Rate of Payment of less favoured area support

12.—(1) For the purposes of regulation 8, the rate of payment of less favoured area support shall be determined in accordance with this regulation.

(2) Where, for the purposes of regulation 9, the grazing category of land, as specified in Schedule 5, is A or B, the rate of payment shall be the rate per hectare of the payable area set out in the entry in the second column in Part I (More Disadvantaged Land) of Schedule 7 corresponding to the fragility category in the first column of that Part of that Schedule applicable to the applicant in terms of paragraph (4).

(3) Where, for the purposes of regulation 9, the grazing category of land, as specified in Schedule 5, is C or D, the rate of payment shall be the rate per hectare of the payable area set out in the entry in the second column in Part II (Less Disadvantaged Land) of Schedule 7 corresponding to the fragility category in the first column of that Part of that Schedule applicable to the applicant in terms of paragraph (4).

(4) For the purposes of paragraphs (2) and (3), the fragility category applicable to the applicant shall be determined according to the fragility category of the parish in which the main farm of the applicant lies as set out in Schedule 8 to these Regulations.

(5) For the purpose of paragraph (4), the main farm of the applicant shall be the farm identified as the main farm in the application for less favoured area support submitted by the applicant in accordance with regulation 3.

Minimum payment

13.  In respect of the Scheme 2006 payment, the amount of less favoured area support paid by the Scottish Ministers under these Regulations shall be not less than £350.

Powers of authorised persons

14.—(1) An authorised person may, at all reasonable hours and on producing if so required a duly authenticated document showing the authority of that person, exercise the powers specified in this regulation for the purposes of–

(a)verification of the accuracy of an application by carrying out administrative and periodic checks which a Member State is required to carry out under Articles 67 to 69 of Commission Regulation 817/2004; or

(b)ascertaining whether an offence under these Regulations has been or is being committed,

and in doing so may be accompanied by a person assigned to assist the authorised person, for those purposes.

(2) An authorised person may enter any land or premises (other than dwelling houses not being used in connection with these Regulations).

(3) An authorised person who has entered any land or premises by virtue of this regulation may–

(a)inspect and verify the total area of such land;

(b)inspect and count livestock on such land and require the applicant to arrange for the collection of animals, penning and securing;

(c)require production of and examine any records in whatever form, and take copies of those records;

(d)remove and retain any document or other record referred to in sub-paragraph (c) above which may be required for use as evidence in proceedings under these Regulations; and

(e)inspect and verify that the applicant has complied with the environmental controls set out in Schedule 3 and with usual good farming practices.

(4) An authorised person may require, where any computer and any associated apparatus or material which is or has been used in connection with any such records mentioned in paragraph (3)(c), wherever situated, records which are kept by means of such computer or associated apparatus or material to be produced in a visible and legible form in which they may be taken away.

Assistance to authorised persons

15.  An applicant, any employee or agent of an applicant or any person having, or appearing to have, charge of animals on the land shall give to an authorised person such assistance as the authorised person may reasonably request so as to enable that person to exercise any power conferred by regulation 14.

Withholding or recovery of less favoured area support

16.  The Scottish Ministers may withhold or recover the whole or any part of any payment of less favoured area support payable or paid to an applicant in any of the following circumstances:–

(a)where the applicant fails to comply with the terms of an undertaking given by that applicant pursuant to regulation 4(1)(a) from which the applicant has not been released under regulation 4(2) or 4(3);

(b)where the applicant, or an employee or agent of the applicant intentionally obstructs an authorised person in exercise of the powers under regulation 14, or fails without reasonable excuse to comply with a requirement or request made by an authorised person under regulation 14 or 15;

(c)where, in the opinion of the Scottish Ministers, the applicant has failed to act in accordance with usual good farming practices on or in relation to the holding;

(d)where, in the opinion of the Scottish Ministers, the applicant has failed to comply with the environmental controls set out in Schedule 3 on or in relation to the holding.

Rate of interest

17.  For the purpose of Article 73 of Commission Regulation 796/2004, interest shall be charged thereon at the rate of one percentage point above the sterling three month London Interbank Offered Rate on a day-to-day basis for the period specified in that Article.

Cross-border holdings

18.  Schedule 9 applies to agency arrangements and to cross-border holdings.

Offences

19.—(1) Any person who, for the purposes of obtaining for the benefit of that or any other person part of, or the whole of, a payment of less favoured area support under these Regulations, knowingly or recklessly makes a statement which is false in any material particular, shall be guilty of an offence.

(2) Any person who intentionally obstructs an authorised person (or a person assisting that authorised person in accordance with regulation 15) in the exercise of the powers conferred by regulation 14 shall be guilty of an offence.

(3) Any person who without reasonable excuse fails to comply with a requirement made under regulation 14 or request under regulation 15 shall be guilty of an offence.

Penalties

20.—(1) A person guilty of an offence under regulation 19(1) or (2) shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.

(2) A person guilty of an offence under regulation 19(3) shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale.

Time limit for prosecutions

21.—(1) Summary proceedings for an offence under regulation 19 may be commenced within the period of 12 months from the date on which the offence was committed.

(2) Subsection (3) of section 136 of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995(19) (date of commencement of proceedings) applies for the purposes of this regulation as it does for the purposes of that section.

Offences by bodies corporate

22.—(1) Where an offence under these Regulations is committed by a body corporate or a partnership and is proved to have been committed with the consent or connivance of, or to be attributable to any neglect on the part of, any director, manager, secretary or other similar officer of the body corporate, or any person who was purporting to act in any such capacity (or, in the case of a partnership, a partner or any person who was purporting to act as such), that person as well as the body corporate or the partnership, as the case may be, shall be guilty of the offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.

(2) Where the affairs of a body corporate are managed by its members, paragraph (1) shall apply in relation to the acts or defaults of a member in connection with the member’s management functions as if that member were a director of the body corporate.

Appeal against decision as to eligibility of holding

23.—(1) An applicant may, no later than 60 days following the date of intimation of the Scottish Ministers' decision as to the eligibility of the holding under regulation 6(1), make an application in writing to the Scottish Ministers to have that decision reviewed by persons appointed by the Scottish Ministers for that purpose.

(2) An application under this regulation is to be treated as made if it is received by the Scottish Ministers.

(3) The application must be accompanied by such information as the persons appointed consider necessary.

(4) Such persons appointed under paragraph (1) shall review the decision and notify their determination to the Scottish Ministers, and by recorded delivery mail to the applicant, within 10 days of reaching that determination.

(5) Subject to regulation 24, the determination of such persons appointed shall be binding on the Scottish Ministers.

(6) The Scottish Ministers may make such payment, by way of fee or reimbursement of expenses, to any such persons appointed under paragraph (1), as appears to them to be appropriate.

Review

24.—(1) An applicant may apply to the Scottish Ministers in writing for review of the determination referred to in regulation 23(4).

(2) The applicant must apply to the Scottish Ministers for review within 60 days of the date of the determination referred to in regulation 23(4).

(3) On an application for a review under this regulation, the Scottish Ministers shall refer the matter to a person appointed by the Chairman of the Scottish Branch of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

(4) The person appointed for the purpose of this regulation shall review the said determination and may–

(a)consider any document or other evidence produced by the applicant or the Scottish Ministers (whether or not that document or other evidence was available at the time of the said determination);

(b)invite the applicant and the Scottish Ministers to provide such further information relevant to the review as the person appointed considers appropriate; and

(c)give the applicant and the Scottish Ministers an opportunity to give evidence or to make representations in person or through a representative.

(5) The person appointed shall review the said determination and shall make a decision confirming or refusing that determination, and shall intimate that decision to the Scottish Ministers and to the applicant in writing.

(6) The person appointed shall be entitled to require the reasonable costs of the review to be paid by such party as that person may direct, and the person appointed shall determine the amount of such costs.

Amendment of the Agricultural Subsidies (Appeals) (Scotland) Regulations 2004

25.—(1) The Agricultural Subsidies (Appeals) (Scotland) Regulations 2004(20) shall be amended in accordance with this regulation.

(2) In regulation 3 (Application in relation to IACS matters) for “(g)” substitute “(ga)”.

(3) In regulation 4 (decisions amenable to review and appeal), insert–

(a)in paragraph (e) after “2004”–

or under regulation 16 of the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2005.; and

(b)after paragraph (g)–

(ga)a decision by the Scottish Ministers under regulation 7(2), 9(5), 10(4), 10(6), 10(7), 11(2) and 11(4) of the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2005;.

Revocation and savings provisions

26.—(1) Subject to the savings referred to in paragraph (2), the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2004(21), the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004(22) and the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005(23) are hereby revoked.

(2) Notwithstanding paragraph (1), in respect of a Scheme 2004 payment or a Scheme 2005 payment, within the meaning of the 2004 Regulations, the 2004 Regulations shall continue to have effect as if those Regulations had not been revoked.

ROSS FINNIE

A member of the Scottish Executive

St Andrew’s House, Edinburgh

10th November 2005

Regulation 2(1) and 10(4)

SCHEDULE 1LIVESTOCK UNITS AND STOCKING DENSITY

PART ICALCULATION OF LIVESTOCK UNITS (“LU”)

For all claimants

Number of Suckler CowsX 1.0 = _A_LU
Number of heifers 8 months and overX 0.6 = _B_LU
Number of Breeding EwesX 0.15 = _ C_LU
Number of Breeding Female GoatsX 0.15 = _ D_LU
Number of Breeding Female AlpacaX 0.3 = _ E_LU
Number of Breeding Female Deer (hinds over 27 months)X 0.3 = _ F_LU
Number of Breeding Deer (over 6 months but less than 27 months)X 0.2 = _ G_LU
Number of Breeding LlamasX 0.3 = _H_LU
For dairy farmers maintaining a dairy herd in the area referred to in paragraph (c) of the definition of “eligible agricultural activity” in regulation 2(1).
Litres of Milk Quota/ 5730 = I LU

PART IICALCULATION OF STOCKING DENSITY

Total LFASS Livestock Units (A = B = C = D = E = F = G = H = D=_J_LU
Total Forage Area=_K_Ha
Stocking Density (to two decimal places)=J divided by K

Regulation 2(1)

SCHEDULE 2USUAL GOOD FARMING PRACTICES

PART IENVIRONMENTAL LEGISLATION

Water pollution

1.  The Control of Pollution Act 1974(24).

2.  The Code of Good Practice for the Prevention of Environmental Pollution from Agricultural Activity(25).

3.  The Control of Pollution (Silage, Slurry and Agricultural Fuel Oil) (Scotland) Regulations 2003(26).

4.  The Groundwater Regulations 1998(27).

Air pollution

5.  The Clean Air Act 1993(28).

6.  The Hill Farming Act 1946(29).

Fertilisers and pesticides

7.  The Action Programme for Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (Scotland) Regulations 2003(30).

8.  Part III of the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985(31) and the Control of Pesticides Regulations 1986(32).

9.  The Plant Protection Products (Scotland) Regulations 2005(33).

Designated sites

10.  The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979(34).

11.  The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981(35).

12.  The Conservation (Natural Habitats etc.) Regulations 1994(36).

PART IIVERIFIABLE STANDARDS

1.  Any farmer who constructs a new silage or storage facility must give notification to the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency prior to starting to use it. The farmer must keep records showing that this notification has been given.

2.  Where it is proposed to dispose of sheep dip on a holding, prior authorisation to do this must be obtained from the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency. The farmer must keep documents and records showing that this authorisation has been obtained. The farmer must keep records detailing the manner of disposal of the sheep dip.

3.  Trimming of hedgerows must not be carried out between 1st March and 31st July.

4.  Removal or destruction of any hedges, stone walls or other boundary features shall not be allowed except with the prior written agreement of the Scottish Ministers.

5.  Any farmer who intends to undertake any operation which is likely to damage a Site of Special Scientific Interest designated pursuant to section 28 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 must obtain the prior approval of Scottish Natural Heritage to the carrying out of that operation. The farmer shall maintain records showing that this authorisation has been obtained.

6.  Livestock shall be managed in such a way as to avoid overgrazing and undergrazing. Where the Scottish Ministers form the opinion that land was being overgrazed or undergrazed, a management regime including a maximum (and, where appropriate, a minimum) stocking rate to be observed on that site will be prescribed. Overgrazing is defined as grazing land with livestock in such numbers as to adversely affect the growth, quality or species composition of vegetation (other than vegetation normally grazed to destruction) on that land to a significant degree; and to ensure that livestock is managed in such a way as to prevent damage to sensitive habitats(37) that are important for biodiversity reasons. Undergrazing means not using land fully, or scrub or coarse becoming evident, where it is detrimental to the environmental interest of the land.

7.  Unsuitable supplementary feeding methods shall be avoided.

8.  Animals must not be caused any unnecessary pain or suffering and must be inspected at regular intervals. Animals kept in buildings must have access to a well maintained drying area. Animal buildings must be constructed in such a way that will not be harmful to animals. Where necessary artificial light must be provided and animals must not be kept without an appropriate rest from artificial light. Animals must be fed a diet of sufficient quality and quantity to maintain them in good health and to satisfy their nutritional needs. All animals must have access to feed at appropriate intervals (at least once a day) and a suitable water supply or be able to satisfy their fluid intake needs by other means. Animals must not have their movement restricted in such a way as to cause them unnecessary suffering or injury.

9.  Only those persons who have the appropriate ability, knowledge and professional competence may attend to animals.

10.  Ill or injured animals must be cared for appropriately and without delay and, where necessary, veterinary advice must be obtained as soon as possible. Records must be kept and retained for 3 years of all medicinal treatment given to animals and of all mortalities.

Regulation 4 (1)

SCHEDULE 3ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROLS

1.  To ensure the protection of rough grazings and other semi-natural areas, new drainage works, ploughing, clearing, levelling, re-seeding or cultivating must not be undertaken. Livestock must be managed to avoid poaching to a level which would destroy the natural vegetation in respect of such rough grazings and other semi-natural areas.

2.  To ensure the protection of rough grazings and other semi-natural areas, pesticides, lime or fertiliser must not be applied to rough grazings and other semi-natural areas except–

(a)to control injurious weeds to which the Weeds Act 1959(38) applies;

(b)to control bracken with Asulam or other approved herbicides; or

(c)in exceptional circumstances where no conservation damage will result, lime or fertiliser may be applied.

3.  Muirburn may only be carried out in accordance with guidance approved by the Scottish Ministers.

4.  The damage to features of any historic or archaeological interest must be avoided and guidance approved by the Scottish Ministers must be followed for the protection of such areas.

5.  Guidance on the prevention of environmental pollution from agricultural activity approved by the Scottish Ministers must be followed for the avoidance of pollution or to minimise the risk of pollution through good management of nutrients and effluents.

6.  Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraphs 1 to 5 above, any of the matters referred to therein which would otherwise be subject to the relevant control, may be carried out if approved in terms of the Environmental Impact Assessment (Uncultivated Land and Semi-Natural Areas) (Scotland) Regulations 2002(39).

Regulation 2(1)

SCHEDULE 4CEREALS LINSEED OILS AND PROTEINS (CLOPS) TYPES AND USE CODES

CROP

CODE

LINSEED CROP
LINSEEDLIN
OILSEED CROP
SPRING OILSEED RAPESOSR
WINTER OILSEED RAPEWOSR
CEREAL CROP
BUCKWHEATBW
CANARY SEEDCANS
DURUM WHEATDW
MAIZEMAIZ
MILLETMIL
MIXED CEREALSMC
RYERYE
SORGHUMSOR
SPRING BARLEYSB
SPRING OATSSO
SPRING WHEATSW
SWEETCORNSC
TRITICALETRIT
WINTER BARLEYWB
WINTER OATSWO
WINTER WHEATWW
PROTEIN CROPS
FIELD BEANSFB
PROTEIN PEASPP
SWEET LUPINSSL

Regulation 9

SCHEDULE 5GRAZING CATEGORY: HECTARE VALUES

STOCKING DENSITY

GRAZING CATEGORY

HECTARE VALUE

Up to and including 0.19 LU/haA0.167
0.2 to 0.39 LU/haB0.333
0.4 to 0.59 LU/haC0.667
0.6 or more LU/haD0.8

Regulation 11

SCHEDULE 6ENTERPRISE MIX

ENTERPRISE MIX

HECTARE MULTIPLIER

If 50% or more of livestock units are made up of cattle LU1.70
If 10% or more, but less than 50% of livestock units are made up of cattle LU1.35

Regulation 12

SCHEDULE 7RATES OF PAYMENT FOR LESS FAVOURED AREA SUPPORT

PART IMORE DISADVANTAGED LAND

FRAGILITY CATEGORY

RATE

Very Fragile (Islands)£47.00
Fragile (Mainland)£45.00
Standard£39.00

Regulation 12(4)

SCHEDULE 8FRAGILITY CATEGORIES

FRAGILITY MARKERS FOR PARISH CODE NUMBERS

Standard

123456789101112131415161718192021
222324283031323536383940414243444546474849
505152535455565758596061626364656667686970
717273747576777879808182838485868788899091
9293949596979899100101102103104105106107108109110111112
113114115116117118119120121122123124125126127128129130131132133
134135136176177178179180181182183184185186187188189190191192193
194195196197198199200201202203204205206207208209210211212213214
215216217218219220221242243244245246247248249250251252253254255
256257258259260261262263264265266267268269270271272273290291292
293294295296297298299300301302303304305306307308309310311312313
314315316317318319320321322323324325326327328329330331332333334
335336337338339340341342343344345346347348349350351352353354355
356357358359360361362363364365366367368369370371372373374375376
377378379380381382383384385386387388389390391392393394395396397
398399400401402403404405406407408409410411412413414415416417418
419420421422423424425426427428429430431432445449451466467468469
470471472473474475476477478479480481482483484485486487488489490
491492493494495496497498499500501502503504505506507508509510511
512513514515516517518519520521522523524525526527528529530531532
533534535536537538539540541542543544545546547548549550551552553
554555556557558559560561562563564565566567568569570571572573574
575576577578579580581582583584585598600601606609635636637638639
640641642643644645646647648649650651652653654655656657658659660
661662663664665666667668669670671672673674675676677678679680681
682683684685686687688689690691692693694695696697698699700701702
703704705706707708709710711712713714715716717718719720721722723
724725726727728729730731732733734735769770771772773774775776777
778779780781782783784785786787788789790791792793794795796797798
799800801802803804805806807808809810811812813814815816817818819
820821822823824825826827841842843844845846847848849850851853854
855856859860861863864865866868

Fragile

25262729333437137138139140141142143144145146152154155156
157158159160161162163169170171172173174175222223224225226227228
229230231232233234235236237238239240241280281282283284285286287
288289433434435436437438439440441442446447448450452453454455586
587588589590591592593594595596597599602603604605607608736737738
739740741742743744745746747748749750751752757758759760761762763
764765766767768828829830831832833834835836837838839840852857858
862867

Very Fragile

147148149150151153164165166167168274275276277278279443444456457
458459460461462463464465610611612613614615616617618619620621622
623624625626627628629630631632633634753754755756869870871872873
874875876877878879880881882883884885886887888889890891

Regulation 18

SCHEDULE 9AGENCY AND CROSS BORDER HOLDINGS

Agency arrangements

1.  The Scottish Ministers may, with the agreement of any competent authority, arrange for any of their functions under these Regulations in relation to any claim to be exercised on their behalf by that competent authority.

2.  The Scottish Ministers may also agree to exercise functions on behalf of another competent authority corresponding to those which are exercisable by the Scottish Ministers under these Regulations.

3.  Any such arrangement shall be in writing and be signed by or on behalf of the Scottish Ministers and the competent authority and any such arrangement may be subject to such conditions (including conditions as to the costs and charge for costs) as may be agreed from time to time.

Set off

4.  Without prejudice to the amount of any sum payable by the Scottish Ministers to any other competent authority, the amount of any sum payable by the Scottish Ministers, whether as principal or agent, by way of a specified payment may be set off against the amount of any sum recoverable by the Scottish Ministers, whether as principal or agent.

Calculation of payments in respect of cross border holdings

5.  Where any holding in respect of which a claim has been made is a cross border holding, the Scottish Ministers may pay, on such occasions as they consider fit, in respect of the Scheme Year in question to an applicant less favoured area support for carrying out eligible agricultural activity on eligible land, providing the applicant has declared the eligible land in a single application which has been treated as a valid application by the competent authority concerned.

6.  Whether the eligible agricultural activity undertaken on the eligible land is an integral part of the management of the whole holding or independently managed, Scottish Ministers shall only pay less favoured area support in respect of the eligible agricultural activity actually undertaken on eligible land defined as a less favoured area for the purposes of this instrument.

7.  For cross-border holdings where the applicant has submitted a declaration of eligible land to another competent authority, the Scottish Ministers shall apply the standard rate of payment.

8.  Applicants in respect of cross border holdings are required to supply such information as authorised persons may reasonably require to assess the eligible agricultural activity actually undertaken on eligible land defined as a less favoured area for the purposes of this instrument.

9.  All conditions applying to applicants in respect of holdings lying wholly within the less favoured areas shall apply equally to applicants in respect of cross border holdings.

Regulation 2(1)

SCHEDULE 10COWAL PENINSULA

The areas of land within Argyll & Bute Council comprising those parts of the parishes of Dunoon & Kilmun and Inverchaolain bounded as follows:–

  • Starting in the North on the shore of Loch Striven at point national grid reference NS/095708; then in an easterly direction along the MOD boundary to point national grid reference NS/098708; then in a northerly direction along the MOD boundary to point national grid reference NS/097711; then in a north-easterly direction along the MOD boundary to point national grid reference NS/098711; then in a northerly direction along the MOD boundary to point national grid reference NS/098712; then in a north north-easterly direction along the MOD boundary to point national grid reference NS/099713; then in a north-easterly direction to point national grid reference NS/103714; then in a south-easterly direction to point national grid reference NS/107712; then in a easterly direction along the forestry fence to point national grid reference NS/111712; then in a southerly direction along the forestry fence to point national grid reference NS/110708; then in a south-easterly direction along the forestry fence to point national grid reference NS/112707; then in a south south-easterly direction along the forestry fence to point national grid reference NS/113704; then in a south-easterly direction to point national grid reference NS/114704; then in a southerly direction along the forestry fence to point national grid reference NS/114699; then in a south-westerly direction along the forestry fence to point national grid reference NS/112699; then in a south south-westerly direction along the forestry fence to point national grid reference NS/111693 where the forestry fence meets the A815; then in a southerly direction along the A815 to point national grid reference NS/112689; then in a north-easterly direction along the forestry fence to point national grid reference NS/114690; then in an east south-easterly direction along the forestry fence to point national grid reference NS/117688; then in a southerly direction along the forestry fence to point national grid reference NS/116685; then in a westerly direction to point national grid reference NS/114685 where the forestry fence meets a track; then in a southerly direction down the track to point national grid reference NS/114683; then in a westerly direction down a burn to point national grid reference NS/112682 where the burn meets the A815; then in a southerly direction down the A815 to point national grid reference NS/111679; then in a westerly direction to point national grid reference NS/110679 at the high water mark; then in a westerly direction for approximately 1200 metres which then turns in a northerly direction all along the shore back to the starting point of national grid reference NS/095708.

Explanatory Note

(This note is not part of the Regulations)

These Regulations, which replace the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (“the 2004 Regulations”), make provision for the purposes of implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No. 1257/1999 on support for rural development from the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund and Commission Regulation (EC) No. 817/2004 laying down detailed rules for the application of Council Regulation No. 1257/1999.

They apply to holdings in respect of which the Scottish Ministers are the competent authority under the Common Agricultural Policy Single Payment and Support Schemes (Integrated Administration and Control System) Regulations 2005 (regulation 1(2)).

Applications for less favoured area support (“LFAS”) are to be made to the Scottish Ministers on a date which they shall determine each year. Failure to meet the deadline will result in reduction of the payment of support (regulation 3).

Eligibility for payment of LFAS is dependent upon the applicant meeting the criteria set out in regulation 4. It can only be paid to an applicant who carries out an eligible agricultural activity (defined in regulation 2(1)) on eligible land (defined in regulation 6). No payment will be made where the amount of eligible land is less than 3 hectares (regulation 5). There is provision at regulation 7 to determine to whom payment should be made where a holding is transferred during a Scheme Year.

LFAS is paid for eligible hectares on farms in Scottish less favoured areas at specified rates (regulations 8 and 12). The rate is fixed according to the grazing category (regulation 9 and Schedule 5) and the fragility of the parish in which the main farm of the applicant lies (regulation 12 and Schedule 8).

The area of land on which LFAS is paid is normally the area of eligible land which the applicant has, adjusted in accordance with a formula set out in regulation 9(1). The manner in which the area of eligible land is adjusted will depend on the grazing category of that land (regulation 9(2)). The grazing category is allocated according to the historical stocking density of the applicant’s land (regulation 9(3)).

A separate stocking density is calculated annually, and for the 2006 Scheme, in accordance with an agreement with the European Commission, is based upon eligible land in 2005 and eligible agricultural activity in 2004. Where the applicant has a stocking density which falls above the maximum stocking density or below the minimum stocking density, then the area of land on which LFAS is to be paid is instead calculated in accordance with formulae set out in regulation 10. The maximum and minimum stocking densities are laid out in regulation 2. There is provision at regulation 10(4) to allow the Scottish Ministers to determine the total number of livestock units where an applicant has not been able to achieve the minimum stocking density because of slaughter in consequence of foot and mouth disease.

Where more than 10% of the applicant’s livestock units are made up of cattle, the area of land on which LFAS will be paid will be increased in accordance with the adjustment set out in regulation 11 and Schedule 6.

Regulation 13 fixes a minimum payment of £350. Regulation 14 contains powers of enforcement. Regulation 16 provides for withholding or recovery of LFAS where there is a breach of the rules of the Scheme. Regulations 19 to 22 deal with offences and penalties.

Regulations 23 and 24 deal with an applicant’s right of appeal against decisions taken by the Scottish Ministers. Regulation 25 makes amendments to the Agricultural Subsidies (Appeals) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 to provide for an applicant’s right of appeal against decisions taken by the Scottish Ministers.

Regulation 26 revokes the 2004 Regulations (and also those instruments which amended the 2004 Regulations) (regulation 26(1)). Regulation 26 also makes a saving provision to ensure that the 2004 Regulations continue to apply to Scheme 2004 payments and Scheme 2005 payments made under the 2004 Regulations (regulation 26(2)).

No Regulatory Impact Assessment has been prepared in respect of these Regulations.

(1)

1972 c. 68. Section 2(2) was amended by the Scotland Act 1998 (c. 46), Schedule 8, paragraph 15(3). The function conferred upon the Minister of the Crown under section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972, insofar as within devolved competence, was transferred to the Scottish Ministers by virtue of section 53 of the Scotland Act 1998.

(2)

S.I. 2005/218.

(3)

O.J. L 141, 30.4.04 p.18 as amended by Commission Regulation (EC) No 239/2005, O.J. L 42 , 12.2.05 p.3.

(4)

O.J. No. L 355, 5.12.92, p.1, amended by Council Regulation (EC) No. 165/1994 (O.J. No. L 24, 29.1.94, p.6), Council Regulation (EC) No. 3233/1994 (O.J. No. L 338, 28.12.94, p.13), Council Regulation (EC) No. 3235/1994 (O.J. No. L 338, 28.12.94, p.16), Council Regulation (EC) No. 3072/1995 (O.J. No. L 329, 30.12.95, p.18), Council Regulation (EC) No. 1577/1996 (O.J. No. L 206, 16.8.96, p.4), Council Regulation (EC) No. 2466/1996 (O.J. No. L 335, 24.12.96, p.1), Commission Regulation (EC) No. 613/1997 (O.J. No. L 94, 9.4.97, p.1), Council Regulation (EC) No. 820/1997 (O.J. No. L 117, 7.5.97, p.1), Council Regulation (EC) No. 1036/1999 (O.J. No. L 127, 21.5.99, p.4), Council Regulation (EC) No. 1593/00 (O.J. No. L 182, 21.7.00, p.4), Council Regulation (EC) No. 495/2001 (O.J. No. L 72, 14.3.01, p.6) and Council Regulation (EC) No. 1782/2003 (O.J. No. L 270, 21.10.03, p.1). Council Regulation (EEC) No. 3508/92 was repealed by Article 153(1) of Council Regulation (EC) No. 1782/2003, but continues to apply to applications for direct payments in respect of the calendar years preceding 2005.

(5)

O.J. L 270, 21.10.03, p. 1, as corrected by Corrigendum, O.J. L 94, 31.3.04, p.70 and as amended by Council Regulation (EC) No 583/2004, L 91 30.3.04, p.1.

(6)

O.J. L 160, 26.6.99, p.80 as corrected by Corrigendum to Commission Regulation 1257/1999, O.J. L 302, 1.12.2000, p.72 and Corrigendum to Commission Regulation 1783/2003, O.J. L 94, 31.3.04, p.71 and as amended by Council Regulation (EC) No 1783/2003 O.J. L 270 21.10.03, p.70, Council Regulation (EC) No. 567/2004, O.J. L 90 27.3.04, p.1 and Council Regulation (EC) No 583/2004, O.J. L 91 30.3.04, p.1.

(7)

Council Regulation (EC) No. 950/97 on improving the efficiency of agricultural structures (O.J. No. L 42, 2.6.97, p.1) was repealed by Council Regulation (EC) No. 1257/1999 on support for rural development from the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF), subject to Article 55(4) which provided that Directives adopting lists of less favoured areas or amending such lists in accordance with Article 21 of Regulation No. 950/97 shall remain in force.

(8)

S.I. 1992/2677 was revoked by S.S.I. 2005/143 Schedule 5, paragraph 1.

(10)

S.I. 1996/1500, amended by S.I. 1997/33, 1998/206 and 1999/375, and revoked by S.S.I. 1999/187, regulation 23.

(11)

S.S.I. 1999/187; revoked by S.S.I. 2001/50, regulation 23, subject to the savings provision contained in that regulation.

(12)

S.S.I. 2001/50; revoked by S.S.I. 2002/139, regulation 26, subject to the savings provision contained in that regulation.

(13)

S.S.I. 2002/139; revoked by S.S.I. 2003/129, regulation 28, subject to the savings provision contained in that regulation.

(14)

S.S.I. 2003/129; revoked by S.S.I. 2004/70, regulation 27, subject to the savings provision contained in that regulation.

(16)

2000 c. 7.

(18)

S.I. 1983/1950, as amended by S.I. 1993/3119, S.I. 1995/2922 and further amended, as regards Scotland, by S.S.I. 2001/52, S.S.I. 2001/55, S.S.I. 2001/101 and S.S.I. 2001/390.

(24)

1974 c. 40 as amended.

(25)

Issued by the Scottish Ministers on 11th March 2005, and approved by them by the Water (Prevention of Pollution) (Code of Practice) (Scotland) Order 2005 (S.S.I. 2005/63).

(27)

S.I. 1998/2746, amended by S.S.I. 2003/323 and S.S.I. 2005/22.

(28)

1993 c. 11 as amended.

(29)

1946 c. 73 as amended.

(31)

1985 c. 48 as amended.

(32)

S.I. 1986/1510, amended by S.I. 1990/2487, 1994/3142 and 1997/188.

(34)

1979 c. 46 as amended.

(35)

1981 c. 69 as amended.

(36)

S.I. 1994/2716. Relevant amendments are the Land Reform (Scotland)Act 2003, asp 2, S.I. 1996/973, 1997/3055, 1999/1820, S.S.I. 2000/323 and S.S.I. 2004/475.

(37)

Sensitive habitats, important for biodiversity reasons, may include juniper and montone scrub, herb-rich swords, already coded areas and wetland habitats as well as other natural and semi-natural habitats.

(38)

1959 c. 54 as amended.

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