9.—(1) Quality Meat Scotland may hold a ballot at any time on whether or not a levy should continue.

(2) It must do so–

(a)if directed by the Scottish Ministers; or

(b)if it receives within a three month period one or more requests for such a ballot signed by at least 5% of persons entitled to vote in a ballot.

(3) The three month period is calculated from the first day of any month.

(4) Ballots on the same levy can be held, at the request of the persons entitled to vote, no more frequently than once every five years.

(5) A request for a ballot is not valid if it is made within five years of the coming into force of this Order.