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Welsh Statutory Instruments

2005 No. 1162 (W.77)

PLANT HEALTH, WALES

The Potatoes Originating in the Netherlands (Notification) (Wales) Order 2005

Made

13 April 2005

Coming into force

15 April 2005

The National Assembly for Wales, in exercise of the powers conferred by sections 2, 3(1), (2)(b) and (4) and 4(1)(b) of the Plant Health Act 1967(1), and now vested in it (2), makes the following Order:

Title, commencement and application

1.—(1) The title of this Order is the Potatoes Originating in the Netherlands (Notification) (Wales) Order 2005.

(2) This Order comes into force on 15 April 2005 and applies in relation to Wales.

Interpretation

2.  In this Order—

“inspector” (“arolygydd”) means any person authorised by the National Assembly for Wales to be an inspector for the purposes of the principal Order;

“potato” (“taten”) means any tuber or true seed or any other plant of Solanum tuberosum L. or other tuber-forming species or hybrid of the genus Solanum L.;

“premises” (“mangre”) has the same meaning as in the principal Order;

“the principal Order” (“y prif Orchymyn”) means the Plant Health (Great Britain) Order 1993(3);

“relevant potato” (“taten berthnasol”) means any potato which was grown in the Netherlands during 2004 or subsequently;

“relevant seed potato” (“taten hadyd berthnasol”) means any relevant potato intended for planting.

Notification of imports

3.—(1) No person is permitted, in the course of business, to import into Wales, potatoes which he or she knows to be or has reasonable cause to suspect to be, relevant potatoes, unless he or she has given written notification to an inspector, at least two days prior to the intended date of importation into Wales, of his or her intention to import the potatoes in question and of—

(a)the proposed time, date and means of importation;

(b)the proposed point of entry into Wales;

(c)the intended use of the potatoes;

(d)the proposed destination of the potatoes;

(e)the variety of the potatoes;

(f)the quantity of potatoes; and

(g)the producer’s identification number.

(2) Any person who, after 1 September 2004 and before the coming into force of this Order, imported, into Wales in the course of business, relevant seed potatoes, must give, by no later than 3 May 2005, in respect of such potatoes, written notification to an inspector of—

(a)their date of importation;

(b)their point of entry into Wales;

(c)their intended use;

(d)their destination or proposed destination;

(e)their variety;

(f)the quantity imported; and

(g)the producer’s identification number.

Powers of an inspector

4.—(1) The provisions of this article are to apply without prejudice to the exercise, by an inspector, of the powers conferred upon him or her by the principal Order.

(2) If an inspector knows or has reasonable grounds for suspecting that any relevant potatoes are likely to be, or have been, landed in Wales in contravention of article 3(1), he or she may—

(a)for the purpose of checking compliance with the principal Order; or

(b)for the purpose of exercising any of his or her powers under paragraph (4),

and on production of his or her authority to act if so required, take the steps in paragraph (3).

(3) The steps referred to in paragraph (2) are—

(a)to require any person, including any person in charge of the vessel, aircraft, vehicle, hovercraft or freight container from which the potatoes are likely to be landed or have been landed, to move the relevant potatoes or suspected relevant potatoes to any premises;

(b)to prohibit any such person from moving, treating or destroying the relevant potatoes or suspected relevant potatoes or any container or package.

(4) For the purpose of checking compliance with this Order, an inspector may, on production of his or her authority to act if so required, and at all reasonable times, enter any premises, other than premises used wholly or mainly as a dwelling, and—

(a)examine, photograph or mark any part of the premises or any object on the premises, including any potatoes;

(b)take samples of, or from, any potatoes or any container or package; and

(c)inspect, make copies of, or for the purpose of making copies, remove any documents or records (in whatever form they may be held) relating to the production of or trade in any potatoes.

(5) An inspector may, for the purpose of exercising any of his or her powers under paragraph (4), open, or authorise any person to open on his or her behalf, any container or package or require the owner or any person in charge of any container or package to open it, in such manner as the inspector may specify.

(6) Where any such document or record as is mentioned in paragraph (4)(c) is kept by means of a computer, an inspector may—

(a)have access to, and inspect and check the operation of, any computer and any associated apparatus or material which is or has been in use in connection with the document or record; and

(b)require any person having charge of, or otherwise concerned with the operation of, the computer, apparatus or material to afford him or her such assistance as he or she may reasonably require.

Offences

5.—(1) A person shall be guilty of an offence if, without reasonable excuse, proof of which shall lie on him or her—

(a)he or she contravenes or fails to comply with a requirement of article 3; or

(b)he or she intentionally obstructs an inspector or any person authorised by an inspector in exercise of his or her powers under article 4.

(2) A person guilty of an offence under paragraph (1) shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale.

Signed on behalf of the National Assembly for Wales under section 66(1) of the Government of Wales Act 1998(4).

D. Elis-Thomas

The Presiding Officer of the National Assembly

13 April 2005

Explanatory Note

(This note is not part of the Order)

This Order which applies in relation to Wales and comes into force on 15 April 2005, places certain notification requirements upon persons importing into Wales potatoes originating from the Netherlands which have been grown during 2004 or later (“relevant potatoes”).

Article 3 requires any person importing relevant potatoes into Wales in the course of business, to give at least two days' notice of such importation, in writing, to an authorised inspector of the National Assembly for Wales. Such persons are also required to furnish an inspector with certain other information concerning the importation including when and where the relevant potatoes are to be brought into Wales. (article 3(1)). Article 3 also requires persons who imported into Wales seed potatoes originating in the Netherlands (“relevant seed potatoes”) after 1 September 2004 but before the coming into force of this Order, to provide to an authorised inspector specified information of a similar nature, by no later than 3 May 2005 (article 3(2)).

Article 4 provides authorised inspectors with powers for the purpose of enforcing this Order and also ensuring compliance with the Plant Health (Great Britain) Order 1993 (“the principal Order”). These include the power to require the movement of relevant potatoes to any premises and also the power to prohibit the movement, treatment or destruction of such potatoes or any container or package (Article 4(3)(a) and (b). For the purposes of checking compliance with this Order, inspectors also have a power to enter premises in order to carry out examinations or inspections of certain items found there (Article 4(4)). These powers are exerciseable by authorised inspectors without prejudice to powers conferred upon them by the principal Order.

Article 5 provides that a person is guilty of an offence if, without reasonable excuse, he or she contravenes or fails to comply with a requirement of article 3 or he or she intentionally obstructs an authorised inspector or any person authorised by an inspector in exercise of his or her powers under article 4.

No regulatory appraisal has been prepared in respect this Order.

(1)

1967 c. 8; section 1(2) of the Plant Health Act 1967 defines “competent authorities” for the purposes of the Act. Sections 2(1) and 3(1) and (2) were amended by the European Communities Act 1972 (c. 68), section 4(1) and Schedule 4, paragraph 8; section 3(4) was substituted by section 42 of the Criminal Justice Act 1982 (c. 48).

(2)

Under the Transfer of Functions (Wales) (No.1) Order 1978 (S.I. 1978/272), article 2(1) and Schedule 1, the functions of the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food under the Plant Health Act 1967 were, so far as they are exercisable in relation to Wales, transferred to the Secretary of State; and under the National Assembly for Wales (Transfer of Functions) Order 1999 (S.I. 1999/672), article 2 and Schedule 1, the functions transferred to the Secretary of State by the 1978 Order were transferred to the National Assembly for Wales.