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2008 No. 2708

Landlord And Tenant, England

The Agricultural Holdings (Units of Production) (England) Order 2008

Made

13th October 2008

Laid before Parliament

16th October 2008

Coming into force

7th November 2008

The Secretary of State, in whom the powers conferred by paragraph 4 of Schedule 6 to the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986(1) are now vested(2), makes the following Order in exercise of those powers.

Citation, commencement and interpretation

1.—(1) This Order may be cited as the Agricultural Holdings (Units of Production) (England) Order 2008 and comes into force on 7th November 2008.

(2) In this Order—

“Council Regulation 1782/2003” means Council Regulation (EC) No. 1782/2003 establishing common rules for direct support schemes under the common agricultural policy and establishing certain support schemes for farmers and amending certain Regulations(3);

“disadvantaged land” (except in the expression “severely disadvantaged land”) means any area of land shown coloured blue on the England LFA maps;

“eligible hectare” shall be construed in accordance with Article 44(2) of Council Regulation 1782/2003;

“the England LFA maps” means the three volumes of maps numbered 1 to 3, each volume being marked “Volume of maps of less-favoured farming areas in England”, dated 20th May 1991, signed and sealed by the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and deposited at the offices of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Ergon House, Horseferry Road, London SW1P 2AL;

“moorland” means all the land that is—

(a)

severely disadvantaged land, and

(b)

shown coloured pink in the three volumes of maps entitled “Moorland Map of England 2006” each volume being marked with the number of the volume, dated 7th October 2007, signed on behalf of the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and deposited at the offices of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Ergon House, Horseferry Road, London SW1P 2AL; and

“severely disadvantaged land” means any area of land shown coloured pink on the England LFA maps.

Assessment of productive capacity of land

2.—(1) Paragraphs (2) and (3) of this article have effect for the purpose of the assessment of the productive capacity of a unit of agricultural land situated in England, in order to determine whether that unit is a commercial unit of agricultural land within the meaning of paragraph 3(1) of Schedule 6 to the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986.

(2) Where the land in question is capable, when farmed under competent management, of being used to produce any livestock, farm arable crop, outdoor horticultural crop or fruit as is mentioned in any of the entries 1 to 3 in column 1 of the Schedule to this Order, then—

(a)the unit of production prescribed in relation to that use of the land is the unit in the entry in column 2 of that Schedule opposite to that entry, and

(b)the amount determined, for the period of 12 months beginning with 7th November 2008, as the net annual income from that unit of production in that period is the amount in the entry in column 3 of that Schedule opposite to that entry as read with any relevant note to that Schedule.

(3) Where land capable, when farmed under competent management, of producing a net annual income is the subject of payments of hill farm allowance (as is mentioned in entry 4 in column 1 of the Schedule to this Order), or was set aside from production in 2007 (as is mentioned in entry 5 in that column), or was an eligible hectare in 2007 (as is mentioned in entry 6 in that column), then—

(a)the unit of production prescribed in relation to that use of the land is the unit in the entry in column 2 of that Schedule opposite to that entry, and

(b)the amount determined, for the period of 12 months beginning with 7th November 2008, as the net annual income from that unit of production in that period is the amount in the entry in column 3 of that Schedule opposite to that entry.

Revocation

3.  The Agricultural Holdings (Units of Production) (England) Order 2007(4) is revoked.

Huw Irranca-Davies

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

13th October 2008

Article 2

SCHEDULEPRESCRIBED UNITS OF PRODUCTION AND DETERMINATION OF NET ANNUAL INCOME

Column 1

Farming use

Column 2

Unit of production

Column 3

Net annual income from unit of production (£)

(1)

This is the figure for animals which would be kept for 12 months. In the case of animals kept for less than 12 months a pro-rata adjustment of this figure is to be made.

(2)

This is the figure for animals (irrespective of age) which would be kept for 12 months. In the case of animals kept for less than 12 months a pro-rata adjustment of this figure is to be made.

(3)

This figure includes the protein crop premium provided for in Article 76 of Council Regulation 1782/2003.

1. Livestock
Dairy cows (other than Channel Islands breeds)cow437
Beef breeding cows:on less favoured area land under the Hill Farm Allowance Regulations 2008(5)cow-104
on other landcow-99
Beef fattening cattle (semi-intensive)head-69(1)
Dairy replacementshead83(2)
Ewes:on less favoured area land under the Hill Farm Allowance Regulations 2008ewe-18
on other landewe-16
Store lambs (including ewe lambs sold as shearlings)head3.30
Pigs:sows and gilts in pigsow or gilt163
porkerhead5
cutterhead7.10
baconhead8.90
Poultry:laying hensbird2.30
broilersbird0.30
point-of-lay pulletsbird0.55
Christmas turkeysbird5.85
2. Farm arable crops
Barleyhectare111
Beanshectare125.72(3)
Herbage seedhectare333
Oilseed rapehectare92
Peas:driedhectare215.72(3)
vininghectare294
Potatoes:first earlyhectare2344
maincrop (including seed)hectare2057
Sugar beethectare387
Wheathectare274
3. Outdoor horticultural crops and fruit
Orchard fruithectare2230
Soft fruithectare6800
4. Forage land
Eligible forage area as defined in regulation 2 of the Hill Farm Allowance Regulations 2008hectarethe amount of hill farm allowance required to be paid under regulations 3 and 5 of the Hill Farm Allowance Regulations 2008
5. Set-aside
Land which was, in 2007, set aside from production under Article 54(3) of Council Regulation 1782/2003:severely disadvantaged land, excluding moorlandhectare12.57
disadvantaged landhectare24.96
all other landhectare-70.54
6. Eligible hectares
Land which was, in 2007, an eligible hectare for the purposes of Council Regulation 1782/2003, except land which was set aside from production under Article 54(3) of that Regulation:moorlandhectare-8.46
severely disadvantaged land, excluding moorlandhectare135.18
disadvantaged landhectare189.43
all other landhectare93.93

EXPLANATORY NOTE

(This note is not part of the Order)

This Order prescribes units of production for the assessment of the productive capacity of agricultural land situated in England and sets out the amount which is to be regarded as the net annual income from each such unit for the year 7th November 2008 to 6th November 2009 inclusive for certain purposes of the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 (“the 1986 Act”). This Order revokes the Agricultural Holdings (Units of Production) (England) Order 2007.

An assessment of the productive capacity of agricultural land is required in determining whether or not the land in question is a “commercial unit of agricultural land” for the purposes of the succession provisions in the 1986 Act: see in particular sections 36(3) and 50(2). A “commercial unit of agricultural land” is a unit of agricultural land which, when farmed under competent management, is capable of producing a net annual income which is not less than the aggregate of the average annual earnings of two full-time male agricultural workers aged 20 years or over (paragraph 3 of Schedule 6 to the 1986 Act). Article 2 of this Order provides that, in determining this annual income figure, whenever a particular farming use mentioned in column 1 of the Schedule is relevant to the assessment of the productive capacity of the land in question, the units of production and the net annual income specified in columns 2 and 3 respectively will form the basis of that assessment.

This Order includes net annual income figures for land which was, in 2007, an eligible hectare for the purposes of Council Regulation (EC) No. 1782/2003, or was set aside from production in 2007 under Article 54(3) of that Regulation; it also provides, by reference to the Hill Farm Allowance Regulations 2008, net annual income figures for land which is the subject of payments of hill farm allowance under those Regulations.

An impact assessment has not been produced for this instrument as no impact on business or the private or voluntary sector is foreseen.

(1)

1986 c. 5; section 96(1) of that Act defines “the Minister”.

(2)

In relation to England, the functions previously vested in the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food are vested in the Secretary of State – see article 5(1) of, and paragraph 27 of Schedule 1 to, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Dissolution) Order 2002 (S.I. 2002/794).

(3)

OJ No L 270, 21.10.2003, p1, as last amended by Commission Regulation (EC) No. 674/2008 (OJ No L 189, 17.7.2008, p5).

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