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Agriculture (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976

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3Duties of Meat and Livestock Commission as regards consultation

(1)The provisions of Part I of the Agriculture Act 1967 relating to the Meat and Livestock Commission and their committees shall be amended in accordance with the following provisions of this section (which replace the provisions about the Production Committee and the Distribution Committee and the Commission's duty to consult them with provisions requiring the Commission to consult representative organisations, but preserve the Commission's duty to consult the Consumers Committee); and accordingly the Production Committee and the Distribution Committee of the Commission are hereby abolished.

(2)After section 1 of the Agriculture Act 1967 there shall be inserted as section 1A— Commission's duty to consult representative organisations.

1A(1)If it appears to the Commission that any matter arising or likely to arise out of the exercise of the Commission's functions has or is likely to have a substantial effect on the interests of one or more classes of persons mentioned in Part IIA of Schedule 1 to this Act, the Commission shall consult the relevant organisation or each of the relevant organisations about that matter; and where a number of organisations fall to be consulted under this subsection about any such matter, the Commission may consult them together, or separately, or some together and others separately, as the Commission think fit.

(2)For the purposes of this section an organisation is a relevant organisation in relation to a class of persons mentioned in the said Part IIA if it is for the time being designated by the Ministers as a relevant organisation in relation to that class ; and the Ministers shall designate, in relation to any such class of persons, all such organisations as appear to them appropriate as representing the interests of that class, taking account of interests in Scotland and Wales as well as in England.

(3)The Commission may pay to representatives of organisations consulted by them in pursuance of this section such travelling or other allowances as the Ministers may, with the approval of the Minister for the Civil Service, determine..

(3)In Schedule 1 to the Agriculture Act 1967, after Part II there shall be inserted as Part IIA— Part IIA Classes of Persons for Purposes of Section 1A Cattle, pig and sheep producers. Persons employed in livestock production. Livestock traders. Livestock auctioneers. Local authorities operating slaughterhouses and livestock and meat markets. Persons engaged in animal by-products trades. Wholesalers of meat and importers of meat (excluding bacon). Producers of bacon and other edible livestock products except meat. Retailers of meat and other edible livestock products. Persons employed in the marketing and distribution of livestock or the production, processing, manufacture, marketing and distribution of livestock products.

(4)There shall be made in Part I of the Agriculture Act 1967 the further amendments specified in Schedule 1 to this Act, being amendments arising out of the abolition of the Production Committee and the Distribution Committee of the Commission ; but those amendments shall not affect the validity of any appointment as chairman or member of the Consumers Committee, and any such appointment shall have effect as if made under section 2(1) of that Act, together with paragraph 1 of Part III of Schedule 1 thereto, as substituted by the said Schedule 1.

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