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Offences

4.—(1) Regulations may provide for it to be an offence—

(a)to do anything for which a licence is required under the regulations, otherwise than in accordance with a licence; or

(b)for the purposes of obtaining or holding a licence—

(i)to make a statement to the licensing authority (or someone acting on its behalf) knowing it to be false in a material particular; or

(ii)recklessly to make a statement to the licensing authority (or someone acting on its behalf) which is false in a material particular.

(2) A person convicted of an offence under regulations made under paragraph (1) shall be liable—

(a)on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum;

(b)on conviction on indictment—

(i)for an offence under regulations made under paragraph (1)(a), to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years, or a fine, or both;

(ii)for an offence under regulations made under paragraph (1)(b), to a fine.

(3) Regulations under paragraph (1)—

(a)may provide defences to be available in proceedings for an offence under the regulations;

(b)may make, in relation to provisions of the regulations, provision which applies (with or without modifications), or has a similar purpose to that of, any of the provisions of the [1978 NI 9.] Health and Safety at Work (Northern Ireland) Order 1978 set out in paragraph (4).

(4) The provisions mentioned in paragraph (3)(b) are—

(a)Articles 17(7) and 33 (venue);

(b)Articles 20 to 22 and 28 (enforcement authorities and inspectors);

(c)Articles 23 to 26 (improvement and prohibition notices);

(d)Article 27 (power to deal with cause of imminent danger);

(e)Articles 29 and 30 (obtaining and disclosure of information);

(f)Article 31(1)(e) to (j), (n) and (o), (2), (2A), (4) and (5) (ancillary offences);

(g)Article 32(2) to (4) (extension of time for bringing summary proceedings);

(h)Article 34(1) (offences due to the fault of other persons);

(i)Articles 35 and 36 (restriction on institution of proceedings and prosecutions by inspectors);

(j)Articles 37 and 38 (onus of proving limits of what is practicable etc., and evidence); and

(k)Article 39 (power of court to order cause of offence to be remedied and, in certain cases, forfeiture).