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The Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) (Charges) Regulations 1998

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The inspection charge

4.  Except in relation to a charge to which paragraph 3 above applies—

(a)where—

(i)the standard charge for any premises exceeds the time costs generated by those premises in the same period, and

(ii)the Minister is satisfied that the difference is due or substantially due to the fact that the throughput level and working practices at those premises allow the efficient deployment of inspectors,

the inspection charge payable by the occupier of the premises concerned for that period shall be an amount calculated in the same way as the standard charge, but adjusted by multiplying the rates in paragraph 6 (in the case of a slaughterhouse) or the sum specified in paragraph 7 (in the case of cutting premises) by the factor X, where X is the greater of 0.45 and the fraction—

; and

(b)where—

(i)the condition in sub-paragraph (a)(i) of this paragraph is satisfied but that in sub-paragraph (a)(ii) of this paragraph is not, but

(ii)the Minister is nevertheless satisfied that a proportion of the difference between the time costs and standard charge is attributable to the factors mentioned in sub-paragraph (a)(ii) of this paragraph,

the inspection charge shall be calculated as prescribed in sub-paragraph (a) of this paragraph, but with the factor X replaced by such factor (being a number greater than X but less than 1) as the Minister considers reasonably reflects that proportion.

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