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Agricultural Produce (Meat Regulation and Pig Industry) Act (Northern Ireland) 1962

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11Power of Ministry to regulate production of pig products.N.I.

(1)Subject to the provisions of this section, the Ministry shall have power to regulate the production of pig products by determining from time to time the number of pigs of such description as the Ministry shall determine which may be used by a licensed bacon curer or other producer of pig products for the purposes of his business as such bacon curer or producer and a determination so made in relation to a licensed bacon curer shall be deemed to be a condition applying to any licence for the time being held by him.

(2)Where a bacon curer was a licensed bacon curer on the first day of November, nineteen hundred and thirty-four, the minimum number of pigs which the Ministry may determine under sub-section (1) for use by him during any period shall be—

(a)the number of pigs used by him in the corresponding period of the twelve months immediately preceding that date; or

(b)where he has, in the corresponding period of the twelve months immediately preceding the date of the determination under sub-section (1), used a lesser number of pigs than that specified in paragraph ( a), such lesser number;

but where such bacon curer's method of cure has to any extent changed since the said first day of November, the said minimum number of pigs may be reduced to such number as the Ministry, having regard to the extent to which the method of cure has so changed, may determine.

(3)Before fixing or altering the basis on which a determination is made under sub-section (1), the Ministry shall consult such body or bodies of persons as appear to the Ministry to represent licensed bacon curers and shall, where it considers it necessary, consult representatives of any other persons who appear to the Ministry to be directly affected by the determination.

(4)If a licensed bacon curer or other producer of pig products fails to observe any prescribed requirement as to the production of pig products the Ministry may revoke in whole or in part a determination under sub-section (1) of the number of pigs which may be used by that bacon curer or producer.

(5)The Ministry may exempt from the provisions of this section producers of pig products who, for the purposes of their business as such producers, use less than a specified number of whole pigs of such description as is determined by the Ministry under sub-section (1).

(6)Any person who acts in contravention of a determination in force under sub-section (1) shall be guilty of an offence under this Act.

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