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The Vegetable Seeds Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2010

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5.  After regulation 5 (marketing of seeds) insert—

Conservation Varieties

5A.(1) The Ministers shall ascertain, so far as practicable, whether seed of a Conservation Variety has sufficient varietal purity by the use of official post control and the consideration of any other relevant information.

(2) Where the results of official post control show that the seed does not have sufficient varietal purity, the Ministers shall notify in writing the person marketing the relevant seed lot of that fact.

(3) Where, in the case of Standard Seed of a Conservation Variety, notice is given under paragraph (2), no further marketing of the relevant seed lot shall occur.

(4) No person shall market seed of a Conservation Variety other than in its region of origin or an additional region.

(5) A person proposing to produce seed of a Conservation Variety must supply the Ministers, in such manner and form as the Ministers shall require, with the following details in writing—

(a)the size (in hectares); and

(b)the location,

of the area to be used to produce the seed.

(6) For the purposes of Article 15 (quantitative restrictions) of Commission Directive 2009/145, the Ministers may specify the maximum amount of seed of a Conservation Variety which may be marketed in any given growing season and specify different maxima for different persons or classes of person.

(7) Where a person proposing to produce seed of a Conservation Variety has supplied the Ministers with details under paragraph (5), the Ministers may in writing authorise the person to market seed of a Conservation Variety not exceeding the amount specified in the authorisation and shall give notice of that authorisation to the person.

(8) No person shall market more than the maximum amount of seed of a Conservation Variety specified in an authorisation given to that person under paragraph (7).

Amateur varieties

5B.(1) The Ministers shall ascertain, so far as practicable, whether Standard Seed of an Amateur Variety has sufficient varietal purity by the use of official post control and the consideration of any other relevant information.

(2) Where the results of official post control show that the seed does not have sufficient varietal purity, the Ministers shall notify in writing the person marketing the relevant seed lot of that fact.

(3) Where, in the case of Standard Seed of an Amateur Variety, notice is given under paragraph (2), no further marketing of the relevant seed lot shall occur.

(4) The seed must be in a package not exceeding the maximum net weight specified for each species in Annex II to Commission Directive 2009/145/EC..

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