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The Single Use Carrier Bags Charge (Scotland) Regulations 2014

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PART 1Introduction

Citation and commencement

1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Single Use Carrier Bags Charge (Scotland) Regulations 2014 and come into force on 20th October 2014.

Interpretation

2.  In these Regulations—

“the charge” means the minimum consideration that must be paid by virtue of regulation 6(2);

“consideration” includes any chargeable VAT;

“enforcement authority” is to be construed in accordance with regulation 5;

“handle” means—

(a)

a handle which is attached to the main part of a carrier bag; or

(b)

a handle—

(i)

which is an integral part of the material from which the carrier bag is manufactured; and

(ii)

the top of which is higher than the main part of the bag;

“net proceeds raised by the charge” is to be construed in accordance with regulation 9;

“record” means the record of information as specified in regulation 10(1);

“reporting year” means the period beginning on—

(a)

20th October 2014 and ending on 6th April 2015;

(b)

7th April 2015 and ending on 6th April 2016; or

(c)

7th April in each subsequent year and ending on 6th April in the following year;

“single use carrier bag” means a carrier bag fitting a description in regulation 3(2), (3), (4) or (5);

“supplier” is to be construed in accordance with regulation 4; and

“VAT” has the meaning given in section 96 of the Value Added Tax Act 1994(1).

Carrier bags to which the requirement to charge applies

3.—(1) The requirement to charge imposed by regulation 6 applies to a carrier bag fitting a description in paragraph (2), (3), (4) or (5).

(2) A carrier bag fits the description in this paragraph if—

(a)it is a bag made wholly or mainly from paper (other than a small paper bag), natural starch or a plant-based material (other than cotton, flax, hemp, jute or sisal); and

(b)the bag is not intended for multiple re-use.

(3) A carrier bag fits the description in this paragraph if it is a plastic bag (other than a small plastic bag) manufactured from material which is no more than 49 micrometres thick.

(4) A carrier bag fits the description in this paragraph if it is a plastic bag (other than a small plastic bag) that is—

(a)no more than 404 millimetres wide;

(b)no more than 404 millimetres high; or

(c)no more than 439 millimetres wide and 439 millimetres high.

(5) A carrier bag fits the description in this paragraph if it is a plastic bag (other than a small plastic bag) that is not intended for multiple re-use.

(6) A carrier bag is intended for multiple reuse if—

(a)it is purchased by the customer;

(b)when worn out, it is returnable to the supplier to be replaced free of charge by another such bag; and

(c)it is marked in a manner that shows that it is such a bag.

(7) In this regulation—

(a)“plastic bag” means a carrier bag made wholly or mainly from plastic;

(b)“small paper bag” means a carrier bag made wholly from paper which—

(i)does not have a gusset or a handle and is not more than 175 millimetres wide and 260 millimetres high; or

(ii)has a gusset no greater than 50 millimetres wide but does not have a handle and is not more than 80 millimetres wide and 155 millimetres high;

(c)“small plastic bag” means a plastic bag that does not have a gusset or a handle and is not more than 125 millimetres wide and 125 millimetres high;

(d)in determining whether a carrier bag fits a description in paragraph (2), (3), (4), or (5), the fact that the bag has a gusset is to be disregarded; and

(e)in determining whether a carrier bag fits the description in paragraph (4), the difference between the overall height of the bag including any handle and the height of the main part of the bag is to be disregarded when calculating the height of the bag.

Suppliers to whom the requirement to charge applies

4.—(1) The requirement to charge imposed by regulation 6 applies to a supplier of goods in circumstances where that person, in the course of a trade or business, sells goods.

(2) Where a person (A) supplies goods in the capacity of A as an officer, employee or agent of another person (B), then B is the supplier of the goods and not A.

Enforcement authority

5.  A local authority is the enforcement authority for the area of the authority for the purpose of these Regulations.

PART 2The charge: requirement to charge

Requirement to charge

6.—(1) A supplier must charge for a single use carrier bag supplied new—

(a)at the place where goods are supplied, for the purpose of enabling the goods to be taken away; or

(b)for the purpose of enabling the goods to be delivered to any person.

(2) The amount that a supplier must charge for a single use carrier bag is the amount that will ensure that the consideration paid by the person supplied with the bag is, for each such bag, not less than 5 pence.

Circumstances in which the requirement to charge does not apply

7.  The requirement to charge in regulation 6 does not apply in relation to the supply of a single use carrier bag if the bag is used for a purpose described in paragraph 1 of the Schedule.

PART 3The charge: net proceeds raised by the charge, and records

Application of this Part

8.—(1) This Part applies to a supplier in relation to any reporting year in which the supplier meets the condition in paragraph (2).

(2) The condition is that on the first day of the reporting year the supplier employs 10 or more full time members of staff.

(3) For the purposes of paragraph (2)—

(a)a full time member of staff is a person employed to work a minimum of 35 hours a week;

(b)where any two or more persons are employed for fewer than 35 hours a week each, the number of hours for which such persons are employed must be aggregated, and a full time member of staff is deemed to be employed for each 35 hours in total for which such persons are employed; and

(c)any holiday or leave entitlement of the member of staff is to be disregarded when calculating their hours of work.

Ascertainment of the net proceeds raised by the charge for a reporting year

9.—(1) A supplier in receipt in a reporting year of consideration for single use carrier bags in respect of which there is a requirement to charge under regulation 6 must ascertain the net proceeds raised by the charge by deducting the amounts specified in paragraph (2) from that consideration in that year.

(2) The specified amounts are—

(a)where the consideration includes payments in excess of the charge, the amount of that excess;

(b)the amount of any VAT included in the charge; and

(c)the amount of any reasonable costs.

(3) In this regulation—

“reasonable costs” means costs reasonably incurred by a supplier to enable the supplier—

(a)

to comply with these Regulations; and

(b)

to communicate information about the charge to persons paying the charge,

and in relation to the reporting year beginning on 20th October 2014 includes such costs incurred by a supplier before these Regulations come into force.

Record to be kept by supplier

10.—(1) A supplier must keep a record of the information specified in paragraph (2) for every reporting year in which the supplier supplies a single use carrier bag in respect of which there is a requirement to charge under regulation 6.

(2) The specified information is—

(a)the number of single use carrier bags in respect of which there is a requirement to charge under regulation 6 that are supplied by the supplier;

(b)the consideration paid to the supplier for such bags;

(c)the amounts as specified in regulation 9(2); and

(d)the net proceeds raised by the charge.

(3) A record kept for the purposes of this regulation must be retained by the supplier for a minimum period of three years beginning on 31st May following the end of the reporting year to which the record relates.

Supplier: requirement to produce record to enforcement authority

11.—(1) A supplier must on request by the enforcement authority produce to the authority a record which is required to be—

(a)kept under regulation 10(1); and

(b)retained under regulation 10(3).

(2) The record must be produced within 28 days of the request being made.

(3) The record must be produced in such form, and in such manner, as the authority may reasonably require.

PART 4Offences and enforcement

Offences

12.—(1) It is an offence for a supplier of a single use carrier bag to contravene regulation 6.

(2) It is an offence for a supplier to whom Part 3 applies—

(a)to contravene, without reasonable excuse, regulation 10;

(b)to knowingly or recklessly make a false entry in a record;

(c)to fail, without reasonable excuse, to comply with a request under regulation 11;

(d)to knowingly or recklessly give false or misleading information to the enforcement authority; or

(e)to otherwise obstruct or fail to assist the enforcement authority in the exercise of its functions under these Regulations.

(3) A person guilty of an offence under paragraph (1) or (2) is liable—

(a)on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum; and

(b)on conviction on indictment to a fine.

(4) Where a supplier is charged with an offence under paragraph (1), it is a defence for the supplier to show that the supplier took all reasonable precautions and exercised all due diligence to prevent the offence being committed.

(5) Where—

(a)an offence has been committed by a body corporate or a Scottish partnership or other unincorporated association; and

(b)it is proved that the offence was committed with the consent or connivance of, or was attributable to any neglect on the part of—

(i)a relevant individual; or

(ii)an individual purporting to act in the capacity of a relevant individual,

the individual as well as the body corporate, Scottish partnership or unincorporated association commits an offence and is liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.

(6) In paragraph (5), “relevant individual” means—

(a)in relation to a body corporate—

(i)a director, manager, secretary or other similar officer of the body;

(ii)where the affairs of the body are managed by its members, a member;

(b)in relation to a Scottish partnership, a partner;

(c)in relation to an unincorporated association other than a Scottish partnership, a person who is concerned in the management or control of the association.

Enforcement authority: enforcement powers

13.—(1) The enforcement authority has the powers described in paragraph (4) (the “enforcement powers”).

(2) The enforcement powers are exercisable by any officer of the enforcement authority authorised by the authority for that purpose.

(3) The enforcement powers are exercisable for the purpose of establishing whether these Regulations are being, or have been, complied with.

(4) The powers are—

(a)to make test purchases of goods;

(b)to inspect any goods;

(c)to enter onto premises at any reasonable time;

(d)to question a supplier or an officer, employee or agent of the supplier;

(e)to require the production of documents; or

(f)to require the provision of information.

(5) The power in paragraph (4)(c) is not exercisable in respect of domestic premises.

(6) The powers in paragraph (4)(e) and (f) are exercisable only where the enforcement authority reasonably believes that there has been a failure to comply with these Regulations.

(7) Documents must be produced and information must be given in such form, and in such manner, as the enforcement authority may reasonably require.

(8) A person seeking to exercise an enforcement power must produce evidence of the identity of the person, and of the authority of the person to exercise the power, to any person reasonably requiring evidence of such identity or authorisation.

(9) Nothing in this regulation compels the production of a document by a person who would be entitled to withhold production on the ground of confidentiality of communications on an order being made for the production of documents in an action in the Court of Session.

RICHARD LOCHHEAD

A member of the Scottish Government

St Andrew’s House,

Edinburgh

3rd June 2014

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