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The Deregulation (Corn Returns Act 1882) Order 1996

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Amendment of Corn Returns Act 1882 and repeal of spent provision

2.—(1) For section 5 of the Corn Returns Act 1882 (weekly returns of purchases of British corn) there shall be substituted the following section—

(1) Every relevant person carrying on in an area for the time being prescribed under section 4 of this Act a business consisting of or including the buying of British corn by wholesale from the growers shall weekly at such times as may be prescribed and in an appropriate manner make to the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the Secretary of State jointly or, in Scotland, to the Secretary of State a return—

(a)specifying with respect to such period of seven days as may be prescribed the aggregate amount of each sort of British corn, if any, bought by that person from the growers and the aggregate purchase price thereof, and

(b)giving such additional particulars of the purchases comprised in the return as may be prescribed.

(2) For the purposes of subsection (1) above, “appropriate manner”, in relation to the making of a return, means a manner which is—

(a)prescribed, or

(b)agreed between the person required to make the return and the person to whom it is to be made.

(3) Regulations for the purpose of subsection (2)(a) of this section—

(a)shall provide for there to be at least two ways of making a return, one of which shall be for the return to be made in writing and signed by its maker, and

(b)may make such other provision about the manner of making a return as the person making the regulations considers expedient.

(4) In this section—

“harvest year” means the period which begins on 1st July and ends on the following 30th June; and

“relevant person” means a person who has taken delivery of at least one thousand tonnes of British corn in the previous harvest year.

(2) Section 108(3)(b) of the Agriculture Act 1970(1) (which is spent in consequence of paragraph (1) above) is hereby repealed.

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