Search Legislation

The Fishery Products (Official Controls Charges) (Scotland) Regulations 2005

What Version

 Help about what version
  • Latest available (Revised)
  • Original (As made)

Status:

This is the original version (as it was originally made). This item of legislation is currently only available in its original format.

PART IPRELIMINARY

Citation, commencement and extent

1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Fishery Products (Official Controls Charges) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 and come into force on 1st January 2006.

(2) These Regulations extend to Scotland only.

Interpretation

2.  In these Regulations–

“chilled” means cooled to a temperature approaching that of melting ice;

“competent authority” means the Food Standards Agency, or such other person to whom the functions of competent authority may have been delegated, or with whom arrangements as to the exercise of those functions have been made, by the Food Standards Agency in accordance with regulation 4 of the Food Hygiene (Scotland) Regulations 2005(1);

“Directive 2004/41”, “Regulation 178/2002”, “Regulation 852/2004”, “Regulation 853/2004”, “Regulation 854/2004”, “Regulation 882/2004” and “Regulation 1688/2005” have the meanings respectively given to them in the Schedule;

EEA State” means a member State, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein;

“employers' National Insurance contributions” means those social security contributions for which employers are liable under Part I of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992(2);

“establishment” has the meaning given to it in Article 2.1(c) of Regulation 852/2004;

“factory vessel” and “fishery products” have the meanings respectively given to them in points 3.2 and 3.1 of Annex I to Regulation 853/2004;

“food authority” means a council constituted under section 2 of the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994(3);

“imported” means introduced into Scotland other than from another part of the British Islands;

“official controls” shall be construed in accordance with the definition of the term “official control” in Article 2.1 of Regulation 882/2004;

“placing on the market” has the meaning given to it in Article 3.8 of Regulation 178/2002;

“processing” has the meaning given to it in Article 2.1(m) of Regulation 852/2004;

“processing establishment” means an establishment at which processing occurs;

“relevant fishery products” means imported fishery products which–

(a)

originate in a third country;

(b)

were caught in their natural environment;

(c)

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

(d)

are or will be landed in Scotland; and

(e)

are intended for placing on the market for human consumption;

“relevant food authority” means the food authority in whose area circumstances giving rise to an obligation under these Regulations to pay a charge to the relevant food authority arise;

“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 Scotland; and

(d)

are intended for placing on the market for human consumption,

other than relevant fishery products being sold for the first time in Scotland and third country imports;

“specified pelagic fish” means–

(a)

herring of the species Clupea harengus;

(b)

sardines of the species Sardinia pilchardus;

(c)

mackerel of the species Scomber scombrus or Scomber japonicus;

(d)

horse mackerel;

(e)

anchovies; and

(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 an EEA State;

“third country import” means an import in respect of which a charge is payable under regulation 48(1) of the Products of Animal Origin (Third Country Imports) (Scotland) Regulations 2002(4); and

“vendor” means–

(a)

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

(b)

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

Actual costs

3.—(1) For the purposes of these Regulations, the actual costs of exercising official controls are the aggregate of costs of the types specified in paragraph (2) directly incurred in the exercise of the official controls required under Annex III to Regulation 854/2004.

(2) The types of costs are–

(a)the salaries and fees, including overtime payments and employers' pension contributions and employers' National Insurance contributions, of all staff directly involved in the exercise of the controls and of all staff engaged in the management or administration of the controls;

(b)the costs of in–service training for staff directly involved in the exercise of the controls;

(c)travelling costs and related incidental expenses incurred in exercising the controls, except those incurred by a person attending their normal place of work;

(d)the costs of office accommodation, equipment and services for staff involved in exercising the controls, including depreciation of any office furniture and equipment and the cost of information technology, stationery and forms;

(e)the costs of protective clothing and equipment used in exercising the controls;

(f)the costs of laundering protective clothing used in exercising the controls;

(g)sampling and analysis costs incurred in exercising the controls; and

(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 exercising the controls.

Sterling equivalents of Euro

4.—(1) Any reference in these Regulations to a specified number of Euro shall be deemed to be a reference to the Sterling equivalent of that number calculated in accordance with paragraph (2).

(2) The Sterling equivalent of a specified number of Euro shall be calculated by multiplying that number by the Euro/Sterling conversion rate specified in paragraph (3).

(3) The Euro/Sterling conversion rate is–

(a)for 2006, 1 Euro = £0.68290; and

(b)in each subsequent year, the rate published in the C Series of the Official Journal of the European Communities on the first working day of the September of the preceding year or, if no rate is published in it on that day, the first rate published in it thereafter.

Account period

5.—(1) For the purposes of these Regulations, the account period shall be 1 month or such longer period not exceeding 12 months as is determined by the relevant food authority.

(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

6.  Where any duty is imposed under these Regulations on more than one person, the authority to which the duty is owed may enforce that duty–

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

(b)separately against any one of them.

Calculation, payment and repayment of charges

7.—(1) Where a relevant food authority or the competent authority becomes aware that a charge is due to it under these Regulations 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; and

(c)seek recovery of the amount so notified from that person.

(2) If such an authority is satisfied that a calculation made under paragraph (1) is incorrect, it shall recalculate the charge and notify the recalculated charge to any person from whom it may be collected.

(3) Where a recalculated charge is notified under paragraph (2) and–

(a)the recalculated charge is more than the amount notified under paragraph (1), the authority shall recover the recalculated charge;

(b)the recalculated charge is less than the amount notified under paragraph (1) and that amount has not been recovered, the authority shall recover the lesser amount; or

(c)the recalculated charge is less than the amount notified under paragraph (1) or no charge is payable and, in either case, the amount notified under paragraph (1) has been recovered, the authority shall repay the difference between the recalculated charge and the amount recovered.

Appeals

8.—(1) A person may appeal to the sheriff against any decision of a relevant food authority or the competent authority imposing a charge under these Regulations.

(2) Section 37(4) to (6) of the Food Safety Act 1990(5) shall apply in relation to an appeal under paragraph (1) as it applies in relation to an appeal under section 37(1)(c) of that Act.

(3) On an appeal under paragraph (1), the sheriff may–

(a)confirm the decision of the authority imposing the charge;

(b)determine any charge which is payable under these Regulations and, in particular, may reduce the amount of any charge by 55% where the authority concerned is required to make that reduction under regulation 11, 14, 18 or 22 but has not done so; or

(c)determine that no charge is payable.

(4) Pending the outcome of an appeal under paragraph (1) the original amount of the charge shall remain payable, but if pursuant to the sheriff’s decision the amount of the charge is recalculated, the recalculated charge shall be payable to the authority concerned from the date on which the original charge was made.

(5) If the sheriff determines that the amount of any charge imposed under these Regulations is less than the amount which any person has paid to an authority in respect of it, the overpayment shall be reimbursed by that authority.

Charges payable to more than one food authority

9.  In any case where the exercise of official controls is deferred and the food authority responsible for the exercise of official controls on vessels and on conditions of landing (“authority A”), or the food authority responsible for the exercise of official controls required under Chapter II of Annex III to Regulation 854/2004 (“authority B”), is not the relevant food authority to which a charge is required to be paid under these Regulations (“authority C”), authority C shall remit–

(a)to authority A, a sum equal to any amount received by authority C which is referable to official controls exercised by authority A; and

(b)to authority B, a sum equal to any amount received by authority C which is referable to official controls exercised by authority B.

(3)

1994 c. 39. Section 2 was amended by the Environment Act 1995 (c. 25), Schedule 22, paragraph 232.

Back to top

Options/Help

Print Options

Close

Legislation is available in different versions:

Latest Available (revised):The latest available updated version of the legislation incorporating changes made by subsequent legislation and applied by our editorial team. Changes we have not yet applied to the text, can be found in the ‘Changes to Legislation’ area.

Original (As Enacted or Made):The original version of the legislation as it stood when it was enacted or made. No changes have been applied to the text.

Close

Opening Options

Different options to open legislation in order to view more content on screen at once

Close

Executive Note

Executive Note sets out a brief statement of the purpose of a Scottish Statutory Instrument and provides information about its policy objective and policy implications. They aim to make the Scottish Statutory Instrument accessible to readers who are not legally qualified and accompany any Scottish Statutory Instrument or Draft Scottish Statutory Instrument laid before the Scottish Parliament from July 2005 onwards.

Close

More Resources

Access essential accompanying documents and information for this legislation item from this tab. Dependent on the legislation item being viewed this may include:

  • the original print PDF of the as enacted version that was used for the print copy
  • lists of changes made by and/or affecting this legislation item
  • confers power and blanket amendment details
  • all formats of all associated documents
  • correction slips
  • links to related legislation and further information resources
Close

More Resources

Use this menu to access essential accompanying documents and information for this legislation item. Dependent on the legislation item being viewed this may include:

  • the original print PDF of the as made version that was used for the print copy
  • correction slips

Click 'View More' or select 'More Resources' tab for additional information including:

  • lists of changes made by and/or affecting this legislation item
  • confers power and blanket amendment details
  • all formats of all associated documents
  • links to related legislation and further information resources