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Part IVE+W+S+N.I. Miscellaneous and Supplementary

Termination of national price support arrangementsE+W+S+N.I.

54 Wool guarantee.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)The M1Agriculture Act 1957 shall have effect as if the word “wool” were omitted from Schedule 1 to that Act (produce qualifying for guarantee under section 1).

(2)Subsection (1) above shall not affect the operation of that Act on or after the day on which this Act is passed in relation to any period before that day.

(3)In making the calculations required to be made under article 5(1) of the M2British Wool (Guaranteed Prices) Order 1955 (calculation of the Board’s outgoings and receipts for each wool year), no account shall be taken of any wool which has not been sold by the Board before 1st May 1995.

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55 Potato guarantee in Great Britain.E+W+S

(1)The M3Agriculture Act 1957 shall have effect as from the appointed date as if the word “potatoes” were omitted from Schedule 1 to that Act.

(2)Subsection (1) above shall not affect the operation of that Act on or after that date in relation to any period before that date.

(3)In subsection (1) above, “appointed date” means the date appointed under section 65(3) below for the coming into force of this section.

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56 Commercial activities of milk marketing boards: distribution of profits.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)It shall be deemed to be an overriding requirement of a milk marketing scheme that any distribution in respect of profits attributable to any relevant commercial activities shall be made so as not to discriminate, as between persons who are registered as producers under the scheme—

(a)by reference to the identity of the person to whom milk is sold, or

(b)by reference to whether milk is sold in the form of milk or in the form of a product which is wholly or partly derived from milk or which includes milk as an ingredient.

(2)The powers conferred by a milk marketing scheme on the board administering the scheme shall be deemed to include whatever powers are necessary for the purpose of giving effect to the requirement under subsection (1) above.

(3)For the purposes of subsection (1) above, the following are relevant commercial activities, namely—

(a)the separation of milk,

(b)the heat treatment of milk,

(c)the retail packaging of milk,

(d)the manufacture of milk products, and

(e)the provision of services for reward, otherwise than under the arrangements for the sale of milk to the board.

(4)In that subsection, the reference to a milk marketing scheme is to a scheme having effect under—

(a)the M4Agricultural Marketing Act 1958, or

(b)the M5Agricultural Marketing (Northern Ireland) Order 1982,

for the marketing of milk.

(5)This section shall apply in relation to any distribution the amount of which is declared on or after the passing of this Act, irrespective of when the profits concerned were made.

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57 British Wool Marketing Board: power to grant relief.E+W+S+N.I.

For the purposes of section 727 of the M6Companies Act 1985 and Article 675 of the M7Companies (Northern Ireland) Order 1986 (power of court to grant relief in certain cases), the British Wool Marketing Board shall be treated as a company and its members shall be treated as officers of it.

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58 Annual report on matters relevant to price support.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)The Ministers shall publish an annual report on such matters relevant to price support for agricultural produce as they consider appropriate and include in the report such account as they consider appropriate of developments in agricultural policy, so far as relevant to such matters.

(2)In subsection (1) above, the reference to agricultural policy includes policy relating to agriculture and the environment.

(3)In this section—

  • agriculture” and “agricultural” shall be construed in accordance with section 109(3) of the M8Agriculture Act 1947; and

  • the Ministers” means the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the Secretaries of State concerned with agriculture in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland acting jointly.

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59 Quota areas under the Potato Marketing Scheme.E+W+S

(1)Before 1st August in each year after such year as the Ministers may by order specify for the purposes of this subsection, the Joint Consultative Committee shall—

(a)consider whether it is desirable to establish a target area to be used for planting potatoes in the following year, and

(b)if it considers that it is, shall determine what that target area is.

(2)The area determined under subsection (1)(b) above shall not exceed such area as it is reasonable to expect will need to be planted in order to meet any likely demand.

(3)Where the Joint Consultative Committee makes a determination under subsection (1)(b) above, it shall give written notice of it to the Board before the end of the period of one month beginning with the date of the determination.

(4)Subsection (5) below applies where—

(a)the Joint Consultative Committee has made a determination under subsection (1)(b) above in relation to a year and complied with subsection (3) above in relation to it,

(b)the Board has prescribed a quota area for the year under paragraph 1 of Schedule D to the Scheme, and

(c)the Joint Consultative Committee is not satisfied that the quota area for the year so prescribed by the Board is sufficient to achieve the target area determined in relation to it under subsection (1)(b) above.

(5)The Joint Consultative Committee may by notice in writing to the Board require the Board to join with it in referring to the determination of an appropriate person the question of what is the lowest quota area for the year which may be prescribed under paragraph 1 of Schedule D to the Scheme consistently with achieving the area determined in relation to the year under subsection (1)(b) above.

(6)The reference in subsection (5) above to an appropriate person is to a person appointed by the Joint Consultative Committee and the Board or, in default of agreement, appointed on the application of either of them by the Ministers.

(7)Notice under subsection (5) above shall be given before the end of the period of one month beginning with the day on which the Board first prescribes a quota area for the year under paragraph 1 of Schedule D to the Scheme or, if later, the day on which the determination under subsection (1)(b) above is made.

(8)If the Board so requires, a reference under subsection (5) above shall also include the question whether, having regard to subsection (2) above, the target area determined by the Joint Consultative Committee is justifiable.

(9)Where a reference under subsection (5) above includes the question mentioned in subsection (8) above, the person to whom the reference is made shall only determine the question mentioned in subsection (5) above if he first determines in the affirmative the question mentioned in subsection (8) above.

(10)Where a quota area is determined on a reference under subsection (5) above and that area exceeds the quota area for the time being prescribed by the Board for the year to which the reference relates, the Scheme shall have effect as if the quota area determined on the reference were the quota area for the year.

(11)Subsection (10) above shall not affect the power of the Board under the proviso to paragraph 1(1) of Schedule D to the Scheme (power to raise quota area by an appropriate variation).

(12)Where subsection (10) above applies, the Board shall send a statement of the outcome of the reference to every registered producer who may be concerned with it.

(13)The Board shall keep a record of the outcome of references under subsection (5) above and the same arrangements shall apply with respect to the availability of the record for inspection, the supply of a copy of any entry in it and the making of extracts from it, as apply with respect to the record maintained by the Board under paragraph 91 of the Scheme (record of prescriptive resolutions).

(14)In any proceedings of the Joint Consultative Committee for the purposes of this section, decisions shall be made by a majority of the members present, with the Chairman voting only in the event of a tie.

(15)In this section—

  • the Board” means the Potato Marketing Board;

  • the Ministers” means the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, the Secretary of State for Scotland and the Secretary of State for Wales acting jointly;

  • the Scheme” means the Potato Marketing Scheme;

  • registered” means registered under the Scheme;

and references to the Joint Consultative Committee are to the committee constituted under paragraph 24 of the Scheme.

60 Agricultural development councils: levies.E+W+S

(1)Section 4 of the M9Industrial Organisation and Development Act 1947 (levies by development councils) shall, in the case of a development council order relating to agriculture, have effect subject to the following modifications.

(2)In subsection (1)—

(a)after the words “made on” there shall be inserted “ such persons as may be specified in the order, being ”, and

(b)the words “on persons”, in the second place where they occur, shall be omitted.

(3)After subsection (2) there shall be inserted—

(2A)An order providing for such charges may contain provision—

(a)authorising such of the persons on whom the charges are imposed as may be specified in the order to recover all or part of the charges imposed on them from such other persons carrying on business in the industry as may be so specified; and

(b)authorising the deduction from the charges payable by the persons with such a right of recovery, or the repayment to them, of—

(i)such amounts as may be determined by or under the order in respect of expenses incurred by them in exercising that right, and

(ii)any sums which are, in accordance with provision made by or under the order, to be treated as irrecoverable.

(4)In subsection (3), after “incidence of the charges” there shall be inserted “ , taking into account any provision made under subsection (2A) of this section, ”.

(5)For the purposes of subsection (1) above, a development council order shall be taken to relate to agriculture if any of the activities that are to be treated as constituting the industry to which the order relates is an agricultural activity.

(6)In this section—

  • agriculture” has the same meaning as in the M10Agriculture Act 1947, and “agricultural” shall be construed accordingly; and

  • development council order” means an order under the M11Industrial Organisation and Development Act 1947 establishing a development council.

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61 Offences by bodies corporate.E+W+S

(1)Where a body corporate is guilty of an offence under this Act, and that offence is proved to have been committed with the consent or connivance of, or to be attributable to any neglect on the part of—

(a)any director, manager, secretary or other similar officer of the body corporate, or

(b)any person who was purporting to act in any such capacity,

he, as well as the body corporate, shall be guilty of the offence and be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.

(2)For the purposes of subsection (1) above, “director”, in relation to a body corporate whose affairs are managed by its members, means a member of the body corporate.

(3)Where an offence under this Act is committed in Scotland by a Scottish partnership and is proved to have been committed with the consent or connivance of, or to be attributable to any neglect on the part of, a partner, he as well as the partnership shall be guilty of the offence and be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.

62 Orders and regulations.E+W+S

(1)The power to make an order or regulations under this Act may be exercised differently in relation to different cases or descriptions of case.

(2)An order or regulations under this Act may include such supplementary, incidental, consequential or transitional provisions as appear to the person making it to be necessary or expedient.

(3)The power to make an order or regulations under this Act shall be exercisable by statutory instrument.

(4)A statutory instrument containing an order under section 17, 23, 48 or 50(2)(c) above shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

(5)Section 25 above contains its own provisions about parliamentary procedure in relation to an order under that section.

(6)A statutory instrument containing regulations under this Act shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

63 Northern Ireland.E+W+S+N.I.

An Order in Council under paragraph 1(1)(b) of Schedule 1 to the M12Northern Ireland Act 1974 (legislation for Northern Ireland in the interim period) which contains a statement that it is made only for purposes corresponding to the purposes of Part I (except section 12 (so far as relating to Part I of Schedule 2) and section 18) or III of this Act or section 55 above—

(a)shall not be subject to paragraph 1(4) and (5) of that Schedule (affirmative resolution of both Houses of Parliament); but

(b)shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

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64 Repeals etc.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)The enactments and Scheme specified in Schedule 5 to this Act (which include certain provisions which are already spent) are hereby repealed or revoked to the extent specified in the final column of that Schedule, but subject to any provision at the end of that Schedule.

(2)Notwithstanding its revocation by subsection (1) above, paragraph 67 of the Potato Marketing Scheme shall continue to have effect in relation to agreements entered into before the date mentioned in section 55(1) above.

65 Short title, commencement and extent.E+W+S

(1)This Act may be cited as the Agriculture Act 1993.

(2)Part III of this Act shall come into force at the end of the period of two months beginning with the day on which this Act is passed.

(3)Sections 55 and 59 above shall come into force on such day as the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, the Secretary of State for Scotland and the Secretary of State for Wales acting jointly may by order appoint.

(4)Except for the provisions mentioned in subsection (5) below, this Act does not extend to Northern Ireland.

(5)Those provisions are—

section 12 (so far as relating to Part I of Schedule 2 to this Act),

section 18,

section 54,

section 56,

section 57,

section 58,

section 63, and

section 64 (except so far as relating to potatoes).

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Subordinate Legislation Made

P1S. 65(3) power fully exercised (3.8.1993): 4.8.1993 appointed day by S.I. 1993/2038, art. 2.

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