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Part VE+W+S+N.I. Administrative and General

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F2S. 70 repealed by Agriculture (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1963 (c. 11), Sch. Pt. I except as respects any financial year commencing before the dissolution of the Agricultural Land Commission

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Agricultural Land TribunalsE+W

73 Establishment, constitution and procedure of Agricultural Land [F4Tribunal].E+W

[F5(1)For Wales, there shall continue to be an Agricultural Land Tribunal with the duty of hearing and determining references and applications made to the Agricultural Land Tribunal under any enactment.]

(2)The provisions in that behalf of the Ninth Schedule to this Act shall have effect as to the constitution of [F6the Agricultural Land Tribunal] and otherwise in relation thereto.

(3)[F7The Lord Chancellor] may by order make provision for the procedure of [F8the Agricultural Land Tribunal], and in particular—

[F9(aa)as to the manner in which applications are to be made to the [F10Agricultural Land Tribunal] and the time within which they are made;]

(a)for the taking of evidence on oath, affirmation or otherwise, the cross-examination of witnesses, and for the summoning of witnesses in like manner as for the purposes of an arbitration under [F11the M1Agricultural Holdings Act 1986];

(b)for the recording and proof of the decisions of the [F12Agricultural Land Tribunal], and for enabling the [F12Agricultural Land Tribunal] to decide by a majority;

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[F14(d)for the transfer of proceedings for the purposes of section 42 of the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 (procedure where deceased held more than one holding), where the determination of associated applications concerns one or more holdings in Wales and one or more holdings in England.]

(4)An order under the last foregoing subsection may make different provision for the procedure on different classes of reference [F15or application] to [F16the Agricultural Land Tribunal] .

[F17(5)[F18The Agricultural Land Tribunal] may, for the purpose of hearing and determining applications and references made to them under any enactment, sit in two or more divisions, and, in relation to the hearing and determination of any such application or reference by such a division, that division shall be deemed to be the Tribunal.]

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74 Proceedings before Agricultural Land Tribunal on reference of Minister’s proposals.E+W

(1)In any case where by any of the provisions of this Act a person is empowered to require that a proposal of the Minister to take any action shall be referred to the Agricultural Land Tribunal, then if within the prescribed time and in the prescribed manner the said person so requires, the proposal shall be referred accordingly.

(2)On any such reference the Tribunal shall determine—

(a)whether the conditions as to which the Minister must be satisfied before taking the action are fulfilled, and

(b)whether, having regard to their determination under the foregoing paragraph and to all the circumstances of the case, the Minister should or should not take the action proposed,

and shall report to the Minister accordingly; and the Minister shall forward a copy of the report to any person who availed himself of an opportunity to make representations to the Minister afforded to him under the provisions in question of this Act.

(3)In any such case as is mentioned in subsection (1) of this section the Minister shall not give effect to the proposal until the expiration of the period within which a reference to the Tribunal may be required.

(4)Where such a reference is duly required the Minister shall act in accordance with the report of the Tribunal and not otherwise.

(5)Forthwith after taking action in any such case as is mentioned in subsection (1) of this section the Minister shall serve notice thereof in writing on any person who under the provisions in question of this Act was entitled to be afforded an opportunity to make representations to the Minister.

Supplementary administrative provisions.E+W

[F1975Provisions where some land is in Wales and some is in England and transfer of proceedingsE+W

(1)Where any land lies partly in Wales and partly in England, for the purposes of anything required or authorised to be done by or before the appropriate tribunal in relation to that land, the land shall be deemed to be situated entirely in the place where the greater part of the land lies.

(2)Tribunal Procedure Rules may make provision for the transfer of proceedings to or from the First-tier Tribunal where, after the making of the application, section 42 of the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 (procedure where deceased held more than one holding) applies to the determination of associated applications.

(3)For the purposes of subsection (1), “appropriate tribunal” means—

(a)where the land (or the greater part of the land) is in England, the First-tier Tribunal; and

(b)where the land (or the greater part of the land) is in Wales, the Agricultural Land Tribunal.

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Statistics of Agriculture in Great BritainE+W+S

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[F2278 Power to obtain agricultural statistics.S

[F23(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—

(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—

(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 agricultural land by the occupier of that agricultural unit, would be comprised in that unit.]

(2)For the purpose of obtaining statistical information relating to agriculture, any person authorised by the Minister in that behalf may, after giving not less than twenty-four hours notice and on producing if so required evidence of his authority to act for the purposes of this subsection, orally require the owner or occupier of land to furnish to him within a reasonable time, and either orally or in writing as the said owner or occupier may elect, such information, whether or not specified in the said notice, as the said person authorised by the Minister may require, being information which the owner or occupier, as the case may be, could have been required to furnish under the last foregoing subsection.

(3)References in the two last foregoing subsections to the owner of land include references to a person exercising, as servant or agent of the owner, functions of estate management in relation to the land, and references in those subsections to the occupier of land include references to a person responsible for the control of the farming of the land as servant or agent of the occupier thereof.

(4)No person shall be required under the foregoing provisions of this section to furnish any balance sheet or profit and loss account, but this subsection shall not prevent the requiring of information by reason only that it is or might be contained as an item in such a balance sheet or account.

(5)Without prejudice to the general provisions of this Part of this Act as to the service of notices, any notice authorised or required by subsection (1) or (2) of this section to be served on an occupier shall be deemed to be duly served if it is addressed to him by the description of “the occupier” of the land in question and sent by post to, or delivered to some person on, the land.

(6)For the purposes of this and the three next following sections the expression “owner” means, in relation to land, a person, other than a mortgagee not in possession, who is for the time being entitled to dispose of the fee simple of the land, and includes also a person holding, or entitled to the rents and profits of, the land under a lease or agreement.

(7)The provisions of this and the three next following sections shall extend to Scotland with the substitution for references to the Minister of references to the Secretary of State, and with the substitution for the definition of the expression “owner” in the last foregoing subsection of the following definition—

[F24(8)The M2Agricultural Returns Act 1925, shall cease to have effect, and the reference to that Act in subsection (2) of section thirty-four of the M3Agricultural Development Act 1939, shall be construed as a reference to this section.]]

[F2579 Information as to dealings in land used for agriculture.S

The Minister may by regulation require the parties to any sale of land which immediately before the completion of the transaction was being used for agriculture, or to any grant, assignment or surrender of a tenancy of such land for an interest not less than that of a tenant for a year, shall within the prescribed period from the completion of the transaction furnish to the Minister, in such manner as may be prescribed, information as to the names and addresses of the parties to the transaction and the situation and extent of the land thereby affected.]

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[F2680 Restriction on disclosure of information.S

No information relating to any particular land or business, being information which has been obtained under section seventy-eight or seventy-nine of this Act, shall be published or otherwise disclosed without the previous consent in writing of the person by whom the information was furnished and every other person whose interests may in the opinion of the Minister be affected by the disclosure, being an owner or the occupier of the land:

Provided that nothing in this section shall restrict the disclosure of information—

(a)to the Minister in charge of any Government department, to any authority acting under an enactment for regulating the marketing of any agricultural produce, or to any person exercising functions on behalf of any such Minister or authority for the purpose of the exercise of those functions;

(b)to an authority having power under any enactment to give permission for the development of land, for the purpose of assisting that authority in the preparation of proposals relating to such development or in considering whether or not to give such permission;

(c)if the disclosure is confined to situation, extent, number and kind of livestock, character of land, and name and address of owner and occupier, to any person to whom the Minister considers that the disclosure thereof is required in the public interest;

(d)to any person for the purposes of any criminal proceedings under the next following section or for the purposes of any report of such proceedings,or the use of information in any manner which the Minister thinks necessary or expedient in connection with the maintenance of the supply of food in the United Kingdom.]

[F27(e)to the Food Standards Agency for purposes connected with the carrying out of any of its functions,]

[F28(f)to Food Standards Scotland for purposes connected with the carrying out of any of its functions,]

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F27Para. (e) in proviso to s. 80 inserted (1.4.2000) by 1999 c. 28, s. 40(1), Sch. 5 para. 2 (with ss. 38, 40(2)); S.I. 2000/1066, art. 2

[F2981 Penalties.S

(1)Any person who without reasonable excuse fails to furnish information in compliance with a requirement under section seventy-eight or seventy-nine of this Act shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding fifty pounds.

(2)If any person—

(a)in purported compliance with a requirement imposed under section seventy-eight or seventy-nine of this Act knowingly or recklessly furnishes any information which is false in any material particular, or

(b)publishes or otherwise discloses any information in contravention of the last foregoing section,

he shall be liable on summary conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months or to a fine not exceeding fifty pounds or to both such imprisonment and such fine, or on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or to a fine not exceeding one hundred pounds or to both such imprisonment and such fine.]

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General powers of acquisition and management of land by MinisterE+W

82Powers of Minister to acquire land by agreement.E+W

(1)The Minister may acquire by agreement—

(a)any land used for agriculture;

(b)any other land falling within the definition in this Act of the expression agricultural land;

(c)where any such land as aforesaid is offered to the Minister for acquisition by him on the condition that he also acquires other land not falling within the two foregoing paragraphs, that other land;

(d)any other land as respects which power is conferred on the Minister by this Act to purchase the land compulsorily in accordance with the provisions of this Act in that behalf.

(2)Where in pursuance of this section the Minister purchases land under the Ecclesiastical Leasing Acts, the consent of the patron to the sale shall not be necessary.

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F3083 Acquisition by Minister of land for research, experiment and demonstration.E+W

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F3184 Acquisition of land by Minister to ensure full and efficient use thereof.E+W

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F3386 Control of subdivision of agricultural units.E+W

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F3588Transfer to Minister of land vested in other Government departments.E+W

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Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C4Functions of Minister of Works now exercisable by Secretary of State: S.I. 1962/1549, art. 2 and 1970/1681, arts. 2, 3

F3689 Transfer of land from Land Settlement Associations to Minister.E+W

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90 Powers of management, etc., of land acquired by Minister.E+W

(1)The Minister may manage, farm, sell, let or otherwise deal with or dispose of land acquired by him—

(a)in such manner as appears to him expedient for the purpose for which the land was acquired; or

(b)if he is satisfied that the land ought to be devoted to some other purpose, in such manner as appears to him expedient therefor:

Provided that—

(i)the Minister shall not sell land acquired by him except where it appears to him that, having regard t o the use proposed to be made of the land, it is expedient that it should be sold by him;

(ii)this section shall have effect subject to any restrictions imposed by or under any enactment on the powers of the Minister.

(2)The powers of management conferred on the Minister by subsection (1) of this section shall include power to provide such facilities for the welfare of tenants of, or other persons employed in agriculture on, land managed by him as the Minister thinks expedient.

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C6Functions of Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food under s. 90 as it applies to land acquired for certain purposes now exercisable (W.) by Secretary of State: S.I. 1965/319, art. 4(1) and 1967/156, art. 2(3)

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Provisions as to compulsory acquisition of landE+W

F3892 Procedure for compulsory purchase of land.E+W

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C7S. 92 extended (1.7.1999) by S.I. 1999/672, art. 2, Sch. 1

F3893 Compulsory hiring of land.E+W

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F3894 Limitation of period of compulsory hiring.E+W

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Special directions to secure productionE+W

F3895 Special directions to secure production.E+W

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Continuation of contributions to cost of drainage, water supply and application of lime.E+W

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F39S. 96 repealed (5.11.1993) by 1993 c. 50, s. 1(1), Sch. 1 Pt.II.

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Pest and weed controlE+W

98Prevention of damage by pests.E+W

(1)If it appears to the Minister that it is expedient so to do for the purpose of preventing damage to crops, pasture, animal or human foodstuffs, livestock, trees, hedges, banks or any works on land, he may by notice in writing served on any person having the right so to do require that person to take, within such time as may be specified in the notice, such steps (including such steps, if any, as may be so specified) as may be necessary for the killing, taking or destruction on land so specified of such animals or birds to which this section applies as may be so specified or the eggs of such birds.

(2)A requirement shall not be imposed under the last foregoing subsection if apart from this subsection the killing, taking or destruction in question would be prohibited by law:

Provided that a requirement may be so imposed to kill or destroy game within the meaning of the M4Game Act 1831, at a time of year at which apart from this proviso the killing or destruction would be prohibited by section three of that Act; and for the purposes of the last foregoing subsection a person shall not be deemed not to have the right to comply with a requirement falling within this proviso by reason only that apart from this proviso compliance therewith would be prohibited as aforesaid.

(3)Section four of the M5Prevention of Damage by Rabbits Act 1939 (which allows the use in rabbit holes of poisonous gas, and the placing in rabbit holes of substances generating poisonous gas by evaporation or in contact with moisture) shall apply to the use of such gas and the placing of such substances in any hole, burrow or earth for the purpose of killing animals to which this section applies.

(4)The animals to which this section applies are rabbits, hares and other rodents, deer, foxes and moles, and the birds to which this section applies are, in relation to any area, wild birds other than those [F41included in the M6First Schedule to the Protection of Birds Act 1954] as it applies in that area whether by virtue of the terms thereof . . . F42 or by virtue of an order of the Secretary of State; and this section shall apply to such other animals as may be prescribed:

Provided that regulations under this subsection may provide that for the purposes of subsection (3) of this section any such other animals specified in the regulations shall not be treated as animals to which this section applies.

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[F45(7)Where it appears to [F46the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food] expedient for the purpose of preventing damage by rabbits to crops, pasture, trees, hedges, banks or any works on land, he may by notice in writing served on the occupier of any land (or, in the case of unoccupied land, the person entitled to occupy it) require him to take on the land, within the time specified in the notice, such steps as may be so specified to destroy or reduce the breeding places or cover for rabbits or to exclude rabbits therefrom, or to prevent the rabbits living in any place on the land from spreading to or doing damage in any other place; but every such notice shall specify a time within which the occupier or any person interested in the land may submit to the Minister written objections to the notice, and shall be provisional only and of no effect, unless confirmed after the expiration of that time by a further notice in writing served on the occupier of the land; and, where the occupier holds the land under a contract of tenancy, a copy of any notice under this subsection shall be served on any person to whom the occupier pays rent under the tenancy.

A provisional notice under this subsection may be confirmed either without modifications or with such modifications as appear to the Minister desirable having regard to any objections submitted to him.]

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F46Words substituted by virtue of S.I. 1955/554 (1955 I, p. 1200), art. 3

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C8S. 98 restricted by Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949 (c. 55), s. 20(1); extended by Pests Act 1954 (c. 68), ss. 1(6)(9), 3(1); amended by Pests Act 1954 (c. 68), ss. 4(1)(2), 9(4)

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99 Prevention of escape of captive animals.E+W

If it appears to the Minister that, for the purpose of preventing such damage as is mentioned in the last foregoing section, it is expedient to prevent the escape of any animals from land on which they are kept in captivity, the Minister may by notice in writing served on the occupier of the land require him to take within such time as may be specified in the notice such steps as may be necessary to prevent the escape thereof, including such steps, if any, as may be specified in the notice.

100 Supplementary provisions relating to sections ninety-eight and ninety-nine.E+W

(1)If any person fails to comply with a requirement imposed under either of the two last foregoing sections he shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding [F47level 2 on the standard scale], and to a further fine not exceeding five pounds for each day after conviction on which the failure continues.

(2)Without prejudice to any proceedings under the last foregoing subsection, where a requirement imposed under either of the two last foregoing sections has not been complied with, any person authorised by the Minister to act for the purposes of this subsection may at any time enter on the land to which the requirement relates and take such steps as the Minister may direct to secure compliance with the requirement; and the reasonable cost of taking such steps shall be recoverable by the Minister from the person on whom the requirement was imposed.

Any dispute arising under this subsection as to what is the reasonable cost of taking any such steps as aforesaid shall be determined by the arbitration of an arbitrator appointed in default of agreement by the President of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

(3)The Minister may give such directions as appear to him to be expedient authorising the keeping of animals, birds, or eggs killed or taken in pursuance of the provisions of this or the last but one foregoing section and authorising the disposal of such animals, birds or eggs, whether for the purpose of being used as food or otherwise.

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(5)Where a person incurs any expense reasonably necessary for the purpose of complying with any requirement imposed on him under either of the two last foregoing sections, or where any cost is recovered from a person under subsection (2) of this section, then if he alleges that the expense or cost ought to be borne wholly or in part by some other person having an interest in the land to which the requirement in question relates, he may apply to the county court in accordance with rules of court, and the court, after hearing the parties and any witnesses whom they may desire to call, may make such order for securing that the applicant is wholly or in part indemnified by that other person in respect of the said expense or cost as the court considers just and equitable in the circumstances of the case.

(6)Any notice to be served under either of the two last foregoing sections on the occupier of land used for agriculture shall, where an agent or servant of the occupier is responsible for the control of the farming of the land, be duly served if served on the said agent or servant.

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101Provision by Minister of equipment and services for pest control.E+W

(1)The Minister may, for the purpose of assisting in the killing, taking or destruction of animals or birds to which section ninety-eight of this Act applies, and the eggs of such birds, provide such services and equipment, appliances and other material as appear to the Minister to be requisite for that purpose.

(2)The Minister may make such reasonable charges, if any, as he thinks fit in respect of any assistance rendered under the last foregoing subsection, and may recover the amount of any such charge from the person at whose request the assistance was rendered.

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SupplementaryE+W

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F50S. 103 repealed by Agriculture Act 1986 (c. 49, SIF 2:1), s. 24(5), Sch. 4 (the repeal being in force 25.9.1986 unless consequential on sections 8 to 10 of the 1986 Act as mentioned in s. 24 of that Act which latter repeals are (prosp.) )

104 Provisions as to representations.E+W

(1)Any enactment in this Act providing, in relation to the taking of any action by the Minister, for his taking the action after affording a person an opportunity to make representations to the Minister, whether in writing or on being heard by a person appointed by the Minister, shall be construed as a provision that the Minister shall comply with the following requirements.

(2)The Minister shall give notice to the said person specifying the action proposed to be taken and informing him of the effect of the three following subsections.

(3)If within the prescribed time and in the prescribed manner the said person makes representations to the Minister in writing, the Minister shall not take the action in question until he has considered the representations.

(4)If, whether or not representations are made to the Minister in writing, the said person within the prescribed time and in the prescribed manner requires that an opportunity be afforded to him of being heard by a person appointed by the Minister for the purpose, such an opportunity shall be afforded to him and, on the same occasion, to any other person to whom under the enactment referred to in subsection (1) of this section the Minister is required to afford such an opportunity, and the Minister shall not take the action in question until he has considered any representations made at the hearing.

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(6)If for the purposes of any such hearing the person to whom the opportunity is afforded so desires, the like opportunity shall be afforded to a person chosen by him to represent his views to the Minister.

105 Expenses and receipts.E+W

(1)All expenses incurred by any Minister under this Act shall be defrayed out of moneys provided by Parliament.

(2)All sums received by the Minister under this Act, including sums received on his behalf by . . . F52 any . . . F52 person or body of persons exercising functions on behalf of the Minister, shall be paid into the Exchequer.

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106Provisions as to entry and inspection.E+W

(1)Any person authorised by the Minister in that behalf shall have power at all reasonable times to enter on and inspect any land for the purpose of determining whether, and if so in what manner, any of the powers conferred by this Act are to be exercised in relation to the land, or whether, and if so in what manner, any direction given under any such power has been complied with.

(2)Any person authorised by the Minister . . . F53 who proposes to exercise any power of entry or inspection conferred by this Act shall if so required produce some duly authenticated document showing his authority to exercise the power.

(3)Admission to any land shall not be demanded as of right in the exercise of any such power as aforesaid—

(a)if the power is being exercised for determining whether the land is to be acquired under Part IV of this Act or this Part thereof; or

(b)if the land is being used for residential purposes;

unless twenty-four hours notice of the intended entry has been given to the occupier of the land.

(4)Save as provided by the last foregoing subsection, admission to any land shall not be demanded as of right in the exercise of any such power as aforesaid . . . F54 unless notice has been given to the occupier of the land that it is proposed to enter during a period, specified in the notice, not exceeding fourteen days and beginning at least twenty-four hours after the giving of the notice, and the entry is made on the land during the period specified in the notice:

Provided that where the power of entry is being exercised for the purpose of taking measures to secure compliance with a direction or requirement under the foregoing provisions of this Part of this Act, and notice is given in accordance with this subsection on the first occasion on which the power is exercised, no further notice shall be required before entering on the land on a subsequent occasion in connection with the taking of the measures.

(5)Where notice is served in a case falling within the proviso to the last foregoing subsection, and the person to whom the direction therein referred to was given, or on whom the requirement therein referred to was imposed, is not the occupier of the land, a like notice shall be served on that person.

(6)Any notice served in pursuance of the last foregoing subsection or the proviso therein referred to may be served in like manner as the notice giving the said direction or imposing the said requirement.

(7)Any person who, in any case for which no penalty is provided by the foregoing provisions of this Act [F55or under section 25 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 (supplementary powers of the Upper Tribunal)][F56obstructs the exercise of any such power as aforesaid or of any other power conferred by subsection (2) of section one hundred of this Act] shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding [F57£25] in the case of a first offence or [F57£50] in the case of a second or any subsequent offence.

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F56Words substituted by Pests Act 1954 (c. 68), s. 5(1)

F57Words substituted by virtue of Criminal Law Act 1977 (c. 45), s. 31(5)(6)(9)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C10S. 106 explained by Pests Act 1954 (c. 68), s. 1(13)

C11S. 106(7): Criminal Justice Act 1982 (c. 48, SIF 39:1), ss. 35 (in relation to liability on first and subsequent convictions), 38 (increase of fines) and 46 (substitution of references to levels on the standard scale) apply (E.W.)

107 Services of notices.E+W

(1)Any notice or other document required or authorised by or under this Act to be given to or served on any person shall be duly given or served if it is delivered to him, or left at his proper address, or sent to him by post in a registered letter.

(2)Any such document required or authorised to be given to or served on an incorporated company or body shall be duly given or served if given to or served on the secretary or clerk of the company or body.

(3)For the purposes of this section and of [F58section 7 of the M7Interpretation Act 1978], the proper address of any person to or on whom any such document as aforesaid is to be given or served shall, in the case of the secretary or clerk of any incorporated company or body, be that of the registered or principal office of the company or body, and in any other case be the last known address of the person in question.

(4)Where any document is to be given to or served on a person as being the person having any interest in land, and it is not practicable after reasonable inquiry to ascertain his name or address, the document may be given or served by addressing it to him by the description of the person having that interest in the land (naming it), and delivering the document to some responsible person on the land or by affixing it, or a copy of it, to some conspicuous object on the land.

(5)Where any such document as aforesaid is to be given to or served on any person as being the owner of land and the land [F59belongs to an ecclesiastical benefice, a copy thereof shall be served on [F60the Church Commissioners]is vested in the incumbent of a benefice of the Church of England, a copy thereof shall be served on the Diocesan Board of Finance for the diocese in which the land is situated].

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F58Words substituted by virtue of Interpretation Act 1978 (c. 30), s. 25(2)

F59Words in s. 107(5) substituted (E.) (1.10.2006) by Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions) Measure 2006 (No. 1), s. 16(2), Sch. 5 para. 2; S.I. 2006/2, Instrument made by Archbishops

Marginal Citations

108 Regulations and orders.E+W

(1)Any regulations made by the Minister under this Act, and any Order made F61... under section seventy-three thereof, shall be laid before Parliament forthwith after being made, and if either House of Parliament, within the period of forty days beginning with the day on which the regulations or order are or is laid before it, resolves that an Address be presented to His Majesty praying that the regulations or order be annulled, no further proceedings shall be taken thereunder after the date of the resolution, and His Majesty may by Order in Council revoke the regulations or order so, however, that any such resolution and revocation shall be without prejudice to the validity of anything previously done under the regulations or order or to the making of new regulations or a new order.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F62

(2)In this Act the expression “prescribed” means prescribed by regulations made by the Minister.

(3)Any power conferred by this Act to make an order shall include a power, exercisable in the like manner and subject to the like conditions, to revoke or vary the order.

109 Interpretation.E+W

(1)In this Act the expression “agricultural land” means land used for agriculture which is so used for the purposes of a trade or business, or which is designated by the Minister for the purposes of this subsection, and includes any land so designated as land which in the opinion of the Minister ought to be brought into use for agriculture:

Provided that no designation under this subsection shall extend—

(a)to land used as pleasure grounds, private gardens or allotment gardens, or

(b)to land kept or preserved mainly or exclusively for the purposes of sport or recreation, except where the Minister is satisfied that its use for agriculture would not be inconsistent with its use for the said purposes and it is so stated in the designation.

(2)In this Act the expression “agricultural unit” means land which is occupied as a unit for agricultural purposes, including—

(a)any dwelling-house or other building occupied by the same person for the purpose of farming the land, and

(b)any other land falling within the definition in this Act of the expression “agricultural land” which is in the occupation of the same person, being land as to which the Minister is satisfied that having regard to the character and situation thereof and other relevant circumstances it ought in the interests of full and efficient production to be farmed in conjunction with the agricultural unit, and directs accordingly:

Provided that the Minister shall not give a direction under this subsection as respects any land unless it is for the time being not in use for any purpose which appears to him to be substantial having regard to the use to which it might be put for agriculture.

(3)In this Act the following expressions have the meanings hereby respectively assigned to them, that is to say:—

(4)References in this Act to any enactment shall be construed, except where the context otherwise requires, as references to that enactment as amended by or under any other enactment, including this Act.

(5)References in this Act to the farming of land include references to the carrying on in relation to the land of any agricultural activity; and in relation to any agricultural activity the person having the right to carry it on shall be deemed to be the occupier of the land.

(6)References in this Act to the use of land for agriculture include, in relation to land forming part of an agricultural unit, references to any use of the land in connection with the farming of the unit.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F63Words substituted by S.I. 1978/446, reg. 2(1)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C12In s. 109 the definitions of "agriculture", "agricultural" and "agricultural land" are applied (30.11.1991) by Coal Mining Subsidence Act 1991 (c. 45, SIF 86), s. 52(1) (with s. 37(4), Sch. 7); S.I. 1991/2508, art.2

C13In s. 109(3) the definition of "agriculture" is applied (1.12.1991) by Water Resources Act 1991 (c. 57, SIF 130), ss. 221(1), 225(2) (with ss. 16(6), 179, 222(3) and Sch. 22 para. 1)

In s. 109(3) the definitions of "agriculture" and "agricultural" are applied (27.7.1993) by 1993 c. 37, s. 58(3).

110. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F64E+W

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111†Short title, commencement and extent.E+W

(1)This Act may be cited as the Agriculture Act 1947.

(2). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F65

(3)This Act, except in so far as is expressly provided therein, shall not extend to Scotland or Northern Ireland.

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C14Unreliable margin note