(This note is not part of the Order)
This Order, which extends to Scotland only, prescribes types of ingredients of pesticides for the purposes of section 15A of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (“the 1981 Act”) (article 2 and the Schedule).
Section 15A(3) of the 1981 Act defines a prescribed active ingredient as an ingredient of a pesticide which fits it for use as such and which is of a type prescribed by order made by the Scottish Ministers.
Possession of any pesticide containing a prescribed active ingredient is an offence under section 15A(1) of the 1981 Act. A person guilty of an offence under section 15A(1) of the 1981 Act shall be liable on summary conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale (currently £5,000), or to both. Section 15A(2) of the 1981 Act provides a statutory defence to an offence under section 15A(1). A person shall not be guilty of an offence under section 15A(1) if that person can show that the possession of the pesticide was for the purposes of doing anything in accordance with any regulations made under section 16(2) of the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985 (c. 48) or the Biocidal Products Regulations 2001 (S.I. 2001/880) or any regulations replacing those regulations.