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12Part V of the 1984 Act (sugar beet and cold storage) shall be amended in accordance with paragraphs 13 to 16 below.
13(1)In subsections (1) and (2) of section 68 (research and education), for the word “Company”, wherever it occurs, there shall be substituted the words “processors of home-grown beet”.
(2)After subsection (5) of that section there shall be inserted the following subsection—
“(5A)An order under this section shall be made by statutory instrument which shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.”.
(3)In subsection (6) of that section, for the definition of “the Company” and subsequent definitions there shall be substituted—
““year” means a period of 12 months beginning with 1st April;
and in this section and sections 69 and 69A “home-grown beet” means sugar beet grown in Great Britain”.
14In subsection (3) of section 69 (crop price), for the words ““home-grown beet” means sugar beet grown in Great Britain; and” there shall be substituted the words “and section 69A”.
15After that section there shall be inserted the following section—
(1)For the purpose of facilitating—
(a)the making of a determination under section 69(1); or
(b)the preparation or conduct of discussions concerning Community arrangements for or relating to the regulation of the market for sugar,
the appropriate Minister may serve on any processor of home-grown beet a notice requiring him to furnish in writing, within such period as is specified in the notice, such information as is so specified.
(2)Subject to subsection (3), information obtained under subsection (1) shall not be disclosed without the previous consent in writing of the person by whom the information was furnished; and a person who discloses any information so obtained in contravention of this subsection shall be liable—
(a)on conviction on indictment, to a fine or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or to both;
(b)on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months or to both.
(3)Nothing in subsection (2) shall restrict the disclosure of information to any of the Ministers or the disclosure—
(a)of information obtained under subsection (1)(a)—
(i)to a person designated to make a determination under section 69(1); or
(ii)to a body which substantially represents the growers of home-grown beet; or
(b)of information obtained under subsection (1)(b), to the Community institution concerned.
(4)In this section “the appropriate Minister” means—
(a)in relation to England, the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; and
(b)in relation to Scotland or Wales, the Secretary of State.”
16Section 70 (provision of cold storage) shall cease to have effect.
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