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78(1)Where it appears to the Minister expedient so to do for the purpose of obtaining statistical information relating to agriculture, he may serve on any owners or occupiers of land used for agriculture, or of land which the Minister has reason to believe may be so used, notices requiring them to furnish in writing, in such form and manner and to such person as may be specified in the notice, and within such time and with respect to such date or dates or such period or periods as may be specified in the notice, the information referred to in the notice (including, as respects paragraphs (c) to (e) of this subsection, the information referred to in the notice as to quantities, values, expenditure and receipts) relating to—E+W+S
(a)The situation, area and description of relevant land owned or occupied by them, the date of acquisition of the land, and the date at which so much thereof as is comprised in any agricultural unit became comprised therein, and the rates payable in respect of the land,
(b)the names and addresses of the owners and occupiers of the land, whether the land or any, and if so what, part thereof is let and at what rent,
(c)the character and use of different parts of the land, the time at which any use thereof was begun or will become fully effective, and their produce at any time during the period beginning one year before, and ending one year after, the time at which the information is required to be furnished,
(d)fixed and other equipment, livestock, and the stocks of agricultural produce and requisites held in respect of the land, and the provision and maintenance of such equipment, livestock and requisites and the provision of agricultural services for the benefit of the land,
(e)the methods and operations used on the land, the marketing or other disposal of the produce thereof, any payments received under any enactment in respect of such produce, and the provision of agricultural services otherwise than for the benefit of the land,
(f)the number and description of persons employed on, or employed by the occupier in disposing of the produce of, the land, and the remuneration paid to, and hours worked by, persons so employed or such persons of different descriptions.
(1A)In the foregoing subsection—
“livestock” includes any animal;
“relevant land” in the case of any owner or occupier of land used for agriculture, means the aggregate of—
(a)the land owned or occupied by him which is comprised in any agricultural unit; and
(b)any other land owned or occupied by him which is either—
(i)used for forestry; or
(ii)not used for any purpose, but capable of use for agriculture or forestry,
but which, if used as agriculture land by the occupier of that agricultural unit, would be comprised in that unit.]
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