Jersey Potato Export Marketing Scheme 2001 (Approval) (Jersey) Act 2001

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Published: 2006-01-01

Jersey Potato Export Marketing Scheme 2001 (Approval) (Jersey) Act 2001

Revised Edition

01.160.42

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This is a revised edition of the law

Jersey Potato Export Marketing Scheme 2001 (Approval) (Jersey) Act 2001

Arrangement

Article

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SCHEDULE

Jersey Potato Export Marketing Scheme 2001

PART 1

PRELIMINARY

1            Citation

2            Interpretation

PART 2

THE BOARD

3            Establishment of the Board

4            Membership until 30th September 2002

5            Membership after 30th September 2002

6            Appointment of chairman and officers

7            Members’ remuneration and expenses

8            Election of members of the Board

9            Vacancies

10          Death of a member

11          Re-election

12          Quorum

13          Executive Committee

14          Stakeholder Committee

15          Committees

16          Meetings

17          Voting

18          Defective appointments

19          Minutes

20          The seal

21          Delegation of contractual authority

22          Members’ interests

PART 3

FINANCIAL PROVISIONS

23          Establishment of the fund

24          Contributions to the fund

25          Power to borrow

26          Accounts and audit

27          Appointment of auditors

PART 4

PRINCIPAL POWERS OF THE BOARD

28          Commencement of Part 4

29          Exemptions

30          Prohibition of exports by unregistered person

31          General power to regulate production and marketing

32          Penalties

33          Miscellaneous powers

34          Distribution of Board’s profits

35          Contributions in the event of Board’s losses

36          Surplus funds

37          Information and inspection

38          Powers of entry

39          Provisions as to penalties

PART 5

GENERAL MEETINGS OF REGISTERED PRODUCERS

40          Convening meetings

41          Chairman of registered producers’ meetings

42          Notice of registered producers’ meetings

43          Nominations

44          Notice

45          Proxies

46          Voting

47          Nominees

48          Declaration of vote and casting vote

PART 6

AMENDMENT AND REVOCATION OF SCHEME AND WINDING-UP OF THE BOARD

49          Notice of amendments or substitutional schemes

50          Polls

51          Winding-up

PART 7

MISCELLANEOUS

52          Arbitration

53          Compensation and costs

54          Death of a registered producer

55          Service of notices

56          Deregistration

57          Prescriptive resolutions

Schedule 1 to Jersey Potato Export Marketing Scheme 2001

Schedule 2 to Jersey Potato Export Marketing Scheme 2001

Supporting Documents

Endnotes

Table of Legislation History

Table of Endnote References



Jersey Potato Export Marketing Scheme 2001 (Approval) (Jersey) Act 2001[1]

THE STATES, in pursuance of Article 2(6) of the Agricultural Marketing (Jersey) Law 1953,[2] have made the following Act –

Commencement [see endnotes]

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The Jersey Potato Export Marketing Scheme 2001 set out in the Schedule to this Act is approved and will come into force on the promulgation of this Act.

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This Act may be cited as the Jersey Potato Export Marketing Scheme 2001 (Approval) (Jersey) Act 2001.



SCHEDULE

Jersey Potato Export Marketing Scheme 2001

PART 1

PRELIMINARY

1      Citation

This Scheme may be cited as the Jersey Potato Export Marketing Scheme 2001.

2      Interpretation

(1)    In this Scheme, unless the context otherwise requires –

“Board” means the Jersey Potato Export Marketing Board established by paragraph 3;

“Chief Executive Officer” means the person from time to time employed by the Board as its Chief Executive Officer;

“export” means the sending for sale of potatoes outside of Jersey whether directly or via some other place to a destination in the United Kingdom, the Bailiwick of Guernsey or the Isle of Man for consumption there;

“fund” means the fund established by paragraph 23;

“Law” means the Agricultural Marketing (Jersey) Law 1953;[3]

“marketing organisation” means any person –

(a)     having or acquiring potatoes for export by him or her; or

(b)     acting as an agent for another person in the export of potatoes,

pursuant to the provisions of this Scheme;

“potatoes” means harvested potatoes grown in Jersey, not being maincrop potatoes or of a class or description for the time being exempt by virtue of paragraph 29(c), and includes any product produced or derived from potatoes, whether consumable or not;

“prescriptive resolution” means a resolution of the Board embodying a determination of the Board in accordance with the provisions of this Scheme and which is recorded in the record provided for in paragraph 57;

“producer” means a person who is a producer of potatoes;

“registered” means registered under the provisions of the Law for the purposes of this Scheme;

“Secretary” means any person for the time being authorized by the Board to act as its Secretary; and

“suspensory period” means a period beginning on the date when the scheme is approved and ending at the expiration of one calendar month commencing on the date of the declaration of the result of the initial poll.

(2)    The Interpretation (Jersey) Law 1954,[4] shall apply to the interpretation of this Scheme as it applies to the interpretation of an enactment.

(3)    A reference in this Scheme to a Part or a paragraph by number only and without further identification is a reference to the Part or paragraph of that number in this Scheme.

(4)    A reference in a paragraph or other division of this Scheme to a sub-paragraph or clause by number or letter only and without further identification is a reference to the sub-paragraph or clause of that number or letter in the paragraph or other division of this Scheme.

(5)    Unless the context otherwise requires, a reference in this Scheme to an enactment is a reference to that enactment as amended from time to time and includes a reference to that enactment as extended or applied under another enactment, including another provision of this Scheme.

PART 2

THE BOARD

3      Establishment of the Board

A Board shall be established to administer this Scheme which shall be called the Jersey Potato Export Marketing Board.

4      Membership until 30th September 2002

Until the 30th Day of September 2002 the Board shall consist of–

(a)     John Le Maistre of Les Goues, Le Câtillon, Grouville;

Michael Cotillard of Le Croisic, La Rue des Landes, St. John;

Michael Labey of Val Poucin Farm, La Rue du Val Poucin, Grouville;

Glen Hamel of Washington, La Grande Route de St. Clément, St. Clement;

Adrian De Gruchy of Le Petit Côtil, La Rue de Maupertuis, St. Mary; and

Paul Le Bihan of Ty En Ar Park, La Chasse Mallet, St. Martin;

(b)     not less than 3 and not more than 5 persons appointed by the Minister; and

(c)     the Chief Executive Officer of the Board for the time being.

5      Membership after 30th September 2002

Subject to the provisions as to the filling of casual vacancies, the Board shall consist, after 30th September 2002 of –

(a)     6 members elected by the registered producers;

(b)     not less than 3 or more than 5 persons appointed by the Minister; and

(c)     the Chief Executive Officer of the Board for the time being.

6      Appointment of chairman and officers

(1)    The Board shall elect from amongst its members a Chairman and Vice-Chairman, both of whom shall (provided that they remain members of the Board) hold office in the first instance until the 30th September 2002 and thereafter –

(a)     in the case of the Chairman until the third annual election of elected members of the Board after his or her appointment; and

(b)     in the case of the Vice-Chairman until the second annual election of the elected members of the Board after his or her appointment.

(2)    The Board shall employ a Chief Executive Officer.

(3)    The Board may appoint or employ a Secretary and such other officers, agents, servants and liquidator as it thinks fit.

(4)    The Board shall have an office at which communications and notices will at all times be received, and shall notify the Minister of the address of that office and any change in that address.

(5)    The Board may –

(a)     enter into such agreements;

(b)     acquire such property; and

(c)     do such other things,

as may, in its opinion, be necessary or desirable for the purposes of exercising any of its powers or performing any of its duties under this Scheme, and may sell or otherwise dispose of any property acquired by it which it does not need for such purposes.

7      Members’ remuneration and expenses

The Board may pay to any member of the Board any such travelling and out-of-pocket expenses as have, in the opinion of the Board, been reasonably incurred by the member in connection with the business of the Board, and shall also pay to the members of the Board such remuneration (if any) as may be determined annually by the registered producers in general meeting.

8      Election of members of the Board

(1)    An election of members of the Board shall be held on such day as the Board may determine in the last 14 days of September 2002, and of each subsequent year.

(2)    6 members shall be elected at the first such election and 2 members shall be elected at each subsequent election.

(3)    Subject to the provisions of sub-paragraph (4) each member so elected shall hold office until the end of the day on which the election of members is completed in the third calendar year after that in which he or she was elected.

(4)    Subject to the provisions of paragraph 6(1) regarding the Chairman and Vice-Chairman, of the 6 members of the Board who are elected in September 2002 –

(a)     those 2 who received respectively the highest and second highest number of votes shall retire on the day of the election in 2005;

(b)     those 2 who received respectively the third and fourth highest number of votes shall retire on the day of the election in 2004; and

(c)     those who received respectively the fifth and sixth highest number of votes shall retire on the day of the election in 2003.

(5)    If numbers of votes are equal so that the retiring member cannot be determined in accordance with sub-paragraph (4), lots shall be drawn to determine those members who will retire.

9      Vacancies

An elected member of the Board shall cease to hold office –

(a)     if the member delivers to the Board a written resignation of his or her office, and the resignation is accepted by the Board or, if not so accepted, is not withdrawn within 7 days;

(b)     if a curator is appointed to the member’s person or to administer his or her property;

(c)     if the member becomes bankrupt or enters into a composition or arrangement with his or her creditors or appoints an attorney without whom he or she may not act in matters movable or immovable;

(d)     if the Board by resolution declares that the member has been absent without reasonable excuse from 4 consecutive meetings of the Board or from one half of the meetings held in any period of 6 months; or

(e)     if the member is convicted of any offence under Article 23 of the Law.

10    Death of a member

(1)    Where an elected member of the Board dies, or ceases to hold office under paragraph 9, a new member shall be elected in his or her place at the next annual election of members.

(2)    A new member elected in accordance with sub-paragraph (1) shall hold office until the time at which the first-mentioned member would regularly have retired.

(3)    Where such a vacancy as is mentioned in sub-paragraph (1) occurs within 6 months after the date of the last annual election, the Board may co-opt a registered producer to fill that vacancy until the day of the next annual election.

11    Re-election

A retiring member of the Board or a member who resigns his or her office shall be eligible for election or re-election.

12    Quorum

(1)    The quorum of the Board shall be 6 of which at least one shall be an appointed member.

(2)    The Board shall have power at all times to act notwithstanding any vacancy in its number.

13    Executive Committee

(1)    The Board shall appoint from amongst its members an Executive Committee consisting of 5 members, one of whom shall be the Chairman of the Board, one of whom shall be the Vice-Chairman of the Board, one of whom shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the Board and 2 of whom shall be persons appointed by the Minister.

(2)    The Board shall delegate to the Executive Committee all its functions under this Scheme except its functions under paragraphs 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 15, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 39, 40, 41, 42, 49, 52 and 56.

(3)    The quorum of the Executive Committee shall be 3, at least one of whom shall be an elected Board member and another of whom shall be one of the persons appointed by the Minister.

(4)    The Chairman of the Board or if he or she is not present the Vice Chairman of the Board shall chair the meetings of the Executive Committee and shall have a casting vote.

(5)    The Board may appoint from amongst its members alternate members of the Executive Committee.

(6)    A member of the Executive Committee may authorize any alternate member appointed under sub-paragraph (5) to attend meetings of the Executive Committee in his or her stead during his or her absence from Jersey or whenever he or she is unable to act as a member of the Executive Committee.

(7)    A member of the Executive Committee may delegate to any alternate member authorized by him or her under sub-paragraph (6) the exercise on his or her behalf of any of his or her rights as a member of the Executive Committee.

(8)    An authorization under sub-paragraph (6), and a delegation under sub-paragraph (7) shall be in writing and may be given or made in respect of a particular meeting or in respect of all meetings until the authorization or delegation expires or is revoked.

14    Stakeholder Committee

(1)    The Board shall appoint a committee to be known as the Stakeholder Committee for the purpose of advising the Board on the exercise of its powers under this Scheme.

(2)    The Stakeholder Committee shall be composed of persons with a commercial interest in the export and marketing of potatoes.

(3)    Members of the Stakeholder Committee–

(a)     shall be appointed for a period of one year, and shall be eligible for re-appointment; and

(b)     may resign their membership by giving one calendar month’s notice in writing of their resignation to the Board.

(4)    Members of the Stakeholder Committee may be removed from office for good reason by the Board who shall give the member one month’s notice in writing of their intention to do so setting out in full in that notice their reasons for the proposed removal.

(5)    The Stakeholder Committee shall consist of –

(a)     2 persons, who may be registered producers, appointed by the Board from among the members of the Board; and

(b)     such other members as the Board shall appoint, who shall not be registered producers.

(6)    The meetings of the Stakeholder Committee shall be chaired by a member appointed under sub-paragraph (3)(a) who shall be designated as chairman of the Stakeholder Committee by the Board.

(7)    The functions of the Stakeholder Committee shall be to make recommendations to the Board concerning the Board’s business under this Scheme.

(8)    The Stakeholder Committee shall meet on at least 2 occasions in every calendar year.

(9)    The Board shall take account of all advice received from the Stakeholder Committee, but shall not be obliged to act in accordance with such advice.

15    Committees

(1)    The Board may appoint Committees from among its members and may delegate to a Committee so appointed any of its powers except –

(a)     a power to impose penalties;

(b)     a power in connection with the borrowing of money; or

(c)     the power to authorize the application of the Common Seal of the Board.

(2)    The quorum of every Committee of the Board (except the Executive Committee) shall be such number as the Board may fix for that Committee.

(3)    Every Committee of the Board shall report its proceedings to the Board and shall comply with the directions of the Board.

(4)    The membership of Committees of the Board shall not subsist beyond the next election of elected members of the Board.

16    Meetings

The Secretary or, where none has been appointed, the Chief Executive Officer shall, on the request of the Chairman or on the written request of any 3 members, convene a meeting of the Board.

17    Voting

Questions arising at a meeting of the Board or of a Committee of the Board shall be decided by a majority of the votes of the members present and, if at any such meeting the votes are equally divided on any question, the Chairman of the meeting shall for the purpose of deciding that question, have a second or casting vote, except in meetings of the Executive Committee where the second or casting vote shall be cast by the Chairman of the Board.

18    Defective appointments

All acts done at a meeting of the Board or of any Committee of the Board shall, notwithstanding that it is afterwards discovered that there was some defect in the appointment election or qualification of a person purporting to be a member of the Board or of the Committee, or that a member of the Board had voted upon any question upon which the member was not entitled to vote, be as valid as if that defect had not existed or such member had been entitled to vote.

19    Minutes

(1)    Minutes shall be kept of the proceedings of the Board and of every Committee of the Board.

(2)    Any minutes kept under sub-paragraph (1) shall, if signed by a person purporting to have acted as Chairman of the meeting to which the minutes relate, or of a meeting at which they were read, be evidence of the proceedings at the meeting to which they relate.

(3)    The meeting to which any minutes kept under sub-paragraph (1) relate shall be presumed, until the contrary is proved, to have been regularly convened and constituted.

20    The seal

(1)    The Common Seal of the Board shall not be applied to any document except by the authority of the Board.

(2)    The application of the Common Seal shall be attested by 2 members of the Board, at least one of whom shall be either the Chairman of the Board, or the Vice-Chairman, or the Chief Executive Officer.

21    Delegation of contractual authority

Any contract or instrument which, if entered into or executed by a person not being a body corporate, would not be required to be under seal, may be entered into or executed on behalf of the Board by any person authorized by the Board in that behalf, either generally or specially.

22    Members’ interests

(1)    No contract to which the Board is a party shall be avoided by reason only that a member of the Board is also a party thereto or is interested therein.

(2)    A member of the Board who is a party to or interested in a contract to which the Board is a party shall not, by reason only that he or she is a member of the Board, be liable to account to the Board for any profit realised by him or her by reason of the contract.

(3)    A member of the Board shall forthwith, on becoming aware of the contract or of negotiations leading to the contract, disclose to the Board any interest which he or she has or acquires in any contract to which the Board is, or may become, a party.

(4)    If such an interest as is referred to in sub-paragraph (3), in the opinion of the other members of the Board, in any way conflicts with his or her duty as a member of the Board he or she shall not vote upon any question relating to the contract and, if he or she does vote, his or her vote shall not be counted.

(5)    A member of the Board shall not be precluded from voting on a question relating to the general policy of the Board with respect to any matter by reason only that the determination of that question will or may affect a contract which has been, or may thereafter be, entered into by him or her with the Board.

PART 3

FINANCIAL PROVISIONS

23    Establishment of the fund

(1)    There shall be established a fund (in this Scheme referred to as the “fund”) which shall be administered and controlled by the Board.

(2)    All moneys received by the Board shall be paid into the fund, and any moneys required by the Board for the operation of this Scheme shall be paid out of the fund.

(3)    Any moneys for the time being standing to the credit of the fund may be left on current or deposit account in any bank or invested in any securities which the Board may think fit.

24    Contributions to the fund

(1)    The Board may by resolution require every registered producer to contribute to the fund each year a sum which shall be calculated, as the Board may from time to time elect, either –

(a)     by reference to the weight in tonnes of the potatoes sold by him or her for export during the previous calendar year; or

(b)     by reference to the area in vergées dedicated by him or her to the production of potatoes as declared in the preceding calendar year to the Minister.

(2)    A resolution under sub-paragraph (1) shall state the amount or scale of amounts in pounds and or pence to be paid per tonne so exported or per vergée so dedicated.

(3)    Every sum calculated in accordance with sub-paragraph (2) shall be recoverable by the Board as a civil debt.

(4)    In the case of a newly registered producer’s first year of potato production his or her contribution shall be calculated by reference to the area in vergées to be dedicated by him or her to the production of potatoes.

25    Power to borrow

The Board may by resolution, for the purpose of exercising any of its functions under this Scheme, borrow money in such manner, on such terms, and on such security, as may be arranged by it.

26    Accounts and audit

(1)    The Board shall –

(a)     keep proper accounts and proper records in relation to the accounts; and

(b)     shall annually make out a balance sheet and either a profit and loss account, or if the Board does not trade for profit, an income and expenditure account.

(2)    The accounts of the Board shall, subject to paragraph 27, be audited by a member, or firm of accountants containing a member, of the Jersey Society of Chartered and Certified Accountants appointed by the registered producers in general meeting.

(3)    The Board, as soon as may be after the auditor has reported thereon, and in any case within 3 months from the close of the period covered by the profit and loss account or income and expenditure account, shall send to the Minister and to every registered producer –

(a)     a copy of the account and balance sheet;

(b)     a copy of the report of the auditor;

(c)     a copy of a report by the Board as to the working in the period covered by the profit and loss or income and expenditure account; and

(d)     a statement as to the manner in which any moneys of the Board have been invested.

(4)    The Board shall, on the demand of any person and on payment by him or her of such fee, not exceeding £1, as may be fixed by the Board, provide him or her with a copy of any one of its balance sheets.

27    Appointment of auditors

A person or firm other than a retiring auditor or auditors shall not be capable of being appointed auditor or auditors by the registered producers in general meeting unless notice of intention to nominate that person or firm to the office has been given by a registered producer to the Secretary of the Board at least 14 days before the meeting.

PART 4

PRINCIPAL POWERS OF THE BOARD

28    Commencement of Part 4

The provisions of this Part and of paragraph 24, shall come into force at the expiration of the suspensory period.

29    Exemptions

There shall be exempt from the operation of this Part–

(a)     sales of potatoes within Jersey to wholesale or retail purchasers where such potatoes are to be consumed within Jersey;

(b)     gifts of potatoes of up to 100kg per month to an individual or of any amount to a charitable organisation or cause recognized as such by the Board;

(c)     sales of potatoes outside Jersey by producers in occupation of land of which less than 10 perches (V0:10:0) has been used for the cultivation of potatoes in any season; and

(d)     such sales or other transactions involving potatoes or registered producers as the Board may determine from time to time by prescriptive resolution.

30    Prohibition of exports by unregistered person

Subject to the provisions of the Law with regard to existing contracts, a producer who is not a registered producer shall not export or make any arrangements intended or liable to lead directly or indirectly to the export of any potatoes outside Jersey.

31    General power to regulate production and marketing

(1)    A registered producer who enters into a marketing agreement under sub-paragraph (3) may export potatoes.

(2)    A marketing organisation which enters into a management agreement under sub-paragraph (8) may receive potatoes for handling export and marketing, and act as an agent of a registered producer in the marketing of potatoes.

(3)    The Board may enter into a marketing agreement with any registered producer.

(4)    An agreement under sub-paragraph (3) shall –

(a)     include, but not be restricted to, the matters listed in Schedule 1; and

(b)     shall subject to sub-paragraph (6), expire on the 30 September next following the date of the Agreement.

(5)    Where the Board and the registered producer are unable to agree the terms of the renewal of a marketing agreement prior to the date for its expiry under sub-paragraph (4)(b), the issue shall immediately be referred to arbitration under the terms of Part 7 unless the registered producer has informed the Board prior to that date that he or she does not wish to renew the marketing agreement.

(6)    Where the terms of renewal of a marketing agreement have been referred to arbitration under sub-paragraph (5), the marketing agreement shall continue in full force and effect until the parties are informed in writing of the result of the arbitration.

(7)    A registered producer who is not a party to a current marketing agreement may neither export potatoes nor offer potatoes for export.

(8)    The Board may determine the maximum number of marketing organisations with which it is prepared to enter into a management agreement, but subject thereto, may enter into a management agreement with any marketing organisation.

(9)    An agreement under sub-paragraph (8) shall –

(a)     include, but not be restricted to, the matters listed in Schedule 2; and

(b)     shall subject to sub-paragraph (11), expire on the 30 September next following the date of the Agreement.

(10)  Where the Board and the marketing organisation are unable to agree the terms of the renewal of a management agreement prior to the date for its expiry under sub-paragraph (9)(b), the issue shall immediately be referred to arbitration under the terms of Part 7 unless the marketing organisation has informed the Board prior to that date that it does not wish to renew the management agreement.

(11)  Where the terms of renewal of a management agreement have been referred to arbitration under sub-paragraph (10), the management agreement shall continue in full force and effect until the parties are informed in writing of the result of the arbitration.

(12)  A marketing organisation who is not a party to a current management agreement may not receive potatoes for handling, export or marketing, or act as an agent of a registered producer in the marketing of potatoes.

32    Penalties

If a registered producer sells any potatoes in breach of the terms of a marketing agreement entered into by him or her with the Board, the Board shall, subject to the provisions of paragraph 39, by resolution impose upon, and recover from him or her, such monetary penalty as the Board thinks reasonable.

33    Miscellaneous powers

(1)    The Board may –

(a)     buy potatoes;

(b)     produce or cause to be produced from potatoes any products or by-products;

(c)     sell, grade, pack, store, adapt for sale, insure, promote, advertise and transport potatoes or any products or by-products thereof;

(d)     acquire and sell or let for hire anything required and to be utilised wholly or mainly, for the production, grading, packing, storing, adapting for sale, promotion, advertisement, transport or sale of potatoes or any products or by-products thereof;

(e)     co-operate with any other person in doing any of the things which the Board is empowered to do by virtue of the foregoing provisions of this sub-paragraph;

(f)     encourage, promote or conduct schemes of co-operation, research or education in connection with the production and marketing of potatoes and any products or by-products thereof;

(g)     lend to any registered producer, upon such security and terms as the Board may determine, a portion of the amount which the Board estimates that such registered producer will receive from the sale of potatoes produced, or in the course of production by him or her; and

(h)     require each individual registered producer to supply to the Board such statistical information as the Board may by prescriptive resolution from time to time require.

(2)    The Board shall consult the Stakeholder Committee before exercising its powers under sub-paragraph (1)(a), (b) or (e) unless the need to exercise those powers arises from –

(a)     a registered producer ceasing business;

(b)     a marketing organisation ceasing business;

(c)     the emergence of a new marketing opportunity in connection with the export of potatoes;

(d)     the cessation of contractual arrangements between a registered producer and a marketing organisation; or

(e)     a surplus of potatoes in excess of the requirements of the marketing organisations.

(3)    Where the Board exercises any of the powers conferred upon it by sub-paragraph (1)(c), the Board may authorize any persons to exercise any of those powers on its behalf subject to such conditions as it may impose.

34    Distribution of Board’s profits

(1)    Subject to the approval of a general meeting of registered producers, the Board shall from time to time determine the proportion of profits (if any) made by the Board that shall be retained in the fund and the proportion that shall be distributed to the registered producers.

(2)    Whenever the Board shall determine that profits shall be distributed to the registered producers such distribution shall be made according to the respective quantities of potatoes sold by individual registered producers subject to adjustment according to any differing scales or rates of payment as may apply to differing grades or quality of potato during the period in which the profit was made.

35    Contributions in the event of Board’s losses

When any trading loss is made by the Board, the Board may from time to time determine by prescriptive resolution that the amount of money so lost shall be contributed to the Board by the registered producers in proportion to the respective quantities of potatoes sold by individual registered producers subject to adjustment according to any differing scales or rates of payment as may apply to differing grades or quality of potato during the period in which the loss was made and the amount to be so contributed by any registered producer shall be recoverable by the Board as a civil debt.

36    Surplus funds

The Board may set aside reserves and may utilise such reserves in the operation in such manner as the Board may think fit; but subject thereto any moneys standing to the credit of the fund which, in the opinion of the Board, are not distributable under the provisions of paragraph 34 after meeting the Board’s administrative and other expenses and losses (if any) shall be distributed in such manner as may be determined by a resolution passed at a general meeting of registered producers.

37    Information and inspection

The Board may, whenever it considers it necessary for the operation so to do, serve on any registered producer a demand in writing requiring him or her to furnish to the Board such estimates, returns and other information relating to potatoes as may be specified in the demand and if, without reasonable excuse, he or she fails to comply with the demand, or if he or she knowingly makes a false statement in reply thereto, the Board, subject to the provisions of paragraph 39, shall by resolution impose upon the registered producer, and recover from him or her, such monetary penalty as the Board thinks reasonable.

38    Powers of entry

Any person authorized in writing by the Board may, for the purpose of securing compliance with this Scheme, enter and inspect, at any reasonable time and on production of his or her authority, any part of the land or premises occupied by a registered producer (being a producer specified in the authority) which the person so authorized has reason to believe is used for producing or otherwise dealing with any potatoes; and the registered producers shall afford reasonable facilities for such entry and inspection and for sampling. If any registered producer wilfully obstructs any person authorized under this paragraph in the carrying out of his or her duties, the Board shall, subject to the provisions of paragraph 39, by resolution impose upon, and recover from that registered producer such monetary penalty as the Board thinks reasonable.

39    Provisions as to penalties

(1)    The provisions contained in sub-paragraphs (2) to (9) shall have effect with respect to the imposition of penalties by the Board on registered producers under the foregoing provisions of this Part and with respect to the recovery of such penalties.

(2)    No penalty shall be imposed in respect of any act or omission which constitutes an offence under any enactment other than the Law nor until the registered producer has had a reasonable opportunity of being heard by the Board, in person or by counsel or solicitor or by any other person authorized by him or her.

(3)    No penalty shall exceed £300 for each contravention or, in the case of a continuing contravention, £300 together with a further £125 for each day on which the contravention is continued.

(4)    Notice of the time and place of any hearing under sub-paragraph (2) and a written statement of the allegation against the registered producer in question shall be served personally or by registered post on the producer at least 14 days before the hearing.

(5)    No penalty shall be imposed for any contravention which occurred more than one year before the serving of the written statement of the allegation.

(6)    Where a written statement of an allegation against a registered producer has been sent to or served on him or her under sub-paragraph (4) and the allegation is withdrawn or is not substantiated, the Board shall have power to make to the registered producer, in respect of his or her costs in connection with the allegation, such payment as may be determined by the Board.

(7)    Every penalty so imposed shall, subject to sub-paragraphs (8) and (9), be recoverable by the Board as a civil debt.

(8)    Immediately on the passing of any resolution by the Board imposing a penalty, notice of the resolution shall be sent to the registered producer in question and he or she may, within one month from the day on which the notice was so sent to him or her, in writing require the Board to refer the matter to the Inferior Number of the Royal Court, and in such a case the Board shall so refer the matter.

(9)    In a case where a matter is referred in accordance with sub-paragraph (8), no proceedings shall be taken by the Board otherwise than for the purposes of the reference or of enforcing the award of the Court.

PART 5

GENERAL MEETINGS OF REGISTERED PRODUCERS

40    Convening meetings

(1)    The Board may convene general meetings of registered producers at such places and times as it may determine.

(2)    The Board shall convene a general meeting of registered producers to be held within 15 days of delivery to the office of the Board of a requisition, signed by not less than 25 registered producers, stating clearly the purpose for which the meeting is to be convened.

41    Chairman of registered producers’ meetings

(1)    The Chairman of every meeting of registered producers shall be appointed by the Board.

(2)    If the person appointed by the Board to be Chairman is not present within 15 minutes after the time appointed for the holding of the meeting, the members of the Board present shall choose a Chairman.

42    Notice of registered producers’ meetings

(1)    At least 10 days before the day fixed for the holding of a meeting of registered producers, the Board shall send to every registered producer who is entitled to vote at the meeting a written notice stating –

(a)     the time and place appointed for the holding of the meeting;

(b)     the business to be transacted; and

(c)     in the case of a general meeting at which an election is to take place, that nominations of candidates must be received at the office of the Board 6 clear days before the date of the meeting.

(2)    A list of names and addresses of candidates duly nominated shall be published before the date of the meeting in the Jersey Gazette, and shall also be posted in a conspicuous position inside the office of the Board throughout the 3 days immediately preceding the date of the meeting.

43    Nominations

All nominations shall be made in such form as the Board may accept or determine.

44    Notice

At a meeting of the registered producers no business shall be transacted other than the business of which notice has been given by the Board in accordance with paragraph 42.

45    Proxies

(1)    The producers entitled to vote at a meeting of registered producers may vote either personally or by proxy.

(2)    An instrument appointing a proxy shall be in writing in such form as the Board may require.

(3)    An instrument appointing a proxy shall be deposited at the office of the Board not later than the end of the third day before the date of the meeting, failing which the instrument shall be invalid.

(4)    A proxy need not be a registered producer.

(5)    No person may act as a proxy for more than one registered producer.

46    Voting

(1)    Every question put before a general meeting of registered producers shall be decided on a show of hands unless, either before or immediately after the show of hands, a ballot is demanded by the Chairman or by or on behalf of not less than 10 registered producers, in which case a ballot shall be taken forthwith.

(2)    On the taking of a ballot, the number of votes to which a registered producer is entitled (referred to in this paragraph as the “standard number”) shall be based upon the area in vergées dedicated to the production of potatoes in the preceding calendar year as declared by the producer in his or her return to the Minister, as follows –

(a)     for the first 100 vergées declared – 1 vote per 25 vergées or part thereof;

(b)     for every 50 vergées declared thereafter – 1 vote per 50 vergées or part thereof.

(3)    In the case of a ballot taken for the election of members of the Board, each registered producer shall have the standard number of votes multiplied by the number of persons to be elected, but he or she shall not give more than the standard number of votes in favour of any one candidate.

47    Nominees

A registered producer that is a body corporate may exercise any of its rights at a meeting of registered producers by a nominee of whose authority the Board has been previously notified, and registered producers who are in partnership may exercise any of their rights at such meeting by any one of the partners.

48    Declaration of vote and casting vote

At any meeting of registered producers, the declaration of the Chairman as to the result of any vote or show of hands shall be final; and in the event of an equality of votes the Chairman shall, in addition to the Chairman’s other vote or votes, if any, have a casting vote.

PART 6

AMENDMENT AND REVOCATION OF SCHEME AND WINDING-UP OF THE BOARD

49    Notice of amendments or substitutional schemes

Before submitting a substitutional scheme or an amendment to the Minister, the Board shall publish the proposed scheme or amendment by serving notice thereof on every registered producer.

50    Polls

(1)    Subject to sub-paragraph (2), a poll may be demanded in writing by not less than 2/3 of the registered producers who together grew not less than 2/3 of the area of potatoes grown in Jersey by all registered producers during the preceding calendar year –

(a)     on the question whether or not a substitutional scheme or an amendment shall be submitted to the Minister, within one month from the publication thereof; and

(b)     on the question whether or not this Scheme shall be revoked, at any time.

(2)    The Minister may refuse to take a poll on the question of whether or not this Scheme shall be revoked within 2 years of the declaration of the result of a previous poll on that question.

51    Winding-up

(1)    For so long as the Board shall remain legally entitled to do so, the Board shall conduct its own winding-up, but no winding-up shall be commenced by the Board except following a resolution to that effect passed by the registered producers in general meeting.

(2)    Where, at a winding-up of the Board, the assets of the Board are more than sufficient to discharge its debts and liabilities, the surplus shall be distributed in such manner as the registered producers in general meeting shall determine.

(3)    Where, at a winding-up of the Board, the assets of the Board are not sufficient to discharge the debts and liabilities of the Board, including the costs of the winding-up –

(a)     if the Scheme has been revoked before the commencement of the winding-up, every person who was a registered producer during the year immediately preceding the revocation of the Scheme shall be liable to contribute to the deficit an amount proportionate to the area of potatoes produced by him or her during that year; and

(b)     where the Scheme has not been so revoked, every person who was a registered producer during the year immediately preceding the commencement of the winding-up shall be liable to contribute to the deficit an amount proportionate to the area of potatoes produced by him or her during that year,

and in either case a registered producer’s liability shall not in any case exceed the rate of £3 per vergée.

(4)    Every contribution payable under sub-paragraph (3) shall be recoverable by the Board or the Liquidator as a civil debt.

PART 7

MISCELLANEOUS

52    Arbitration

(1)    Subject to sub-paragraph (3) a producer of potatoes whether registered or not, or a marketing organisation who is aggrieved by an act or omission of the Board may refer the matter to the arbitration of an Arbitration Board consisting of not more than 3 persons to be agreed upon between the parties, or, in default of agreement, to be nominated by the Minister on the application of either party, and the Arbitration Board may make such order in the matter as it thinks reasonable and such order shall be binding on the parties.

(2)    At a hearing by an Arbitration Board a party to the arbitration shall be entitled to appear and be heard in person or by counsel or solicitor or by any other person authorized by the party.

(3)    A matter shall not be referred to arbitration under sub-paragraph (1) more than 28 days after the aggrieved party shall have served written notice of the party’s grievance on the Board.

53    Compensation and costs

(1)    A person who is entitled to refer a matter to arbitration who establishes by arbitration in accordance with paragraph 52, or by a judgment of the Court that the Board has in any respect given an undue preference to any other registered producer, marketing organisation or person shall be entitled to receive from the Board such sums by way of compensation as may be necessary to make good any loss or damage suffered by him or her by reason of the undue preference.

(2)    A person who attempts and fails to satisfy the Board, or attempts and fails to establish by arbitration in accordance with paragraph 52, that the Board has in any respect given undue preference to any other registered producer may be required by the Board to make payment to it of such costs and disbursements as the Board may reasonably have incurred as a result of the investigation or arbitration undertaken.

(3)    Every payment payable under sub-paragraph (2) shall be recoverable by the Board or the Liquidator as a civil debt.

(4)    A registered producer who satisfies the Board without reference to arbitration that the Board has in any respect given an undue preference to any other registered producers shall be entitled to receive from the Board such sums by way of compensation as may be necessary to make good any loss or damage suffered by him or her by reason of the undue preference.

54    Death of a registered producer

Where, by reason of a registered producer dying, or becoming subject to some legal disability, or entering into a composition or scheme or arrangement with his or her creditors, any property in, or control of, potatoes is transferred from the registered producer to a personal representative, trustee, curator, special and general attorney or other person, such person shall, for all the purposes, be deemed to be a producer.

55    Service of notices

Any requirement that a document shall be sent to or served on a person by the Board shall be deemed to have been complied with if, within the period (if any) limited for the sending or service of the document, the document is despatched to him or her by post, properly addressed and with the postage prepaid.

56    Deregistration

(1)    The Minister shall have power to remove from the register of producers the name of any producer who has been found, on 2 or more occasions, to have contravened the provisions of this Scheme.

(2)    The Board shall inform the Minister of any such finding.

(3)    The Board shall inform the Minister whenever a registered producer ceases to be a producer and on being so informed the Minister shall remove the name of that producer from the register.

(4)    A producer whose name has been removed from the register in pursuance of sub-paragraph (1) may, after the expiration of 12 months from the date of such removal, apply to the Minister for registration and the Minister shall have power, after taking into consideration all the circumstances, to register that producer.

57    Prescriptive resolutions

(1)    Where any provision requires that a resolution of the Board shall be a prescriptive resolution, that resolution shall be recorded by the Board in a separate record of prescriptive resolutions.

(2)    Such record shall be open for inspection at the office of the Board at any time that the office is open and any person shall be entitled to be supplied with a copy of an entry in the record on payment of a fee not exceeding 50p in respect of each prescriptive resolution copied, or to take extracts from the record for his or her own use free of charge.

(3)    The Board shall send to each registered producer a copy of every prescriptive resolution as soon as practicable after it is made.

(4)    The Board shall send to every registered producer once in every year a list of the prescriptive resolutions then in force, stating in respect of each resolution –

(a)     the date on which it was made;

(b)     the subject matter to which it relates; and

(c)     if any copy of it has been sent in the manner provided in sub-paragraph (5), the date or other identifying mark appearing on the journal which contains such copy.

(5)    A copy resolution required to be sent under sub-paragraph (3) or a list of resolutions required to be sent under sub-paragraph (4) may be sent to a registered producer by sending to him or her, free of charge, any journal published by the Board containing such copy or such list.

Schedule 1 to Jersey Potato Export Marketing Scheme 2001

Paragraph 31(4)

MINIMUM TERMS OF MARKETING AGREEMENTS

The terms of the marketing agreement between a registered producer and the Board shall include, but not be limited to:

1.      The limits to the area of land which the registered producers may use for the cultivation of potatoes for export.

2.      The identity of the persons authorized by the Board to whom the registered producer may sell, transfer (whether for value or not), deliver or supply, potatoes grown by the registered producer.

3.      The quality standards to be attained.

4.      The husbandry standards to be attained.

5.      The circumstances in which the marketing agreement may be varied, revoked or terminated by either party.

6.      The procedure to be adopted by the party seeking variation.

7.      The identification of any agreement which may prevail over the marketing agreement.

Schedule 2 to Jersey Potato Export Marketing Scheme 2001

Paragraph 31(9)

MINIMUM TERMS OF MANAGEMENT AGREEMENTS

The terms of the management agreement between a marketing organisation and the Board shall include but not be limited to:

1.      The identity of the registered producers authorized by the Board from whom the marketing organisation may buy or receive potatoes for handling export and marketing or for whom it may act as an agent in the marketing of potatoes.

2.      The quality standards to be attained.

3.      The procedures for the export or other handling of potatoes that are surplus to actual or estimated market requirements.

4.      The basis, supported by verifiable information, upon which the marketing organisation will charge for the services provided by it.

5.      Details of any factors that may lead the marketing organisation to deal with third party providers of goods and services to it in pursuance of duties under the management agreement on any basis other than arm’s length market transactions.

6.      The basis, supported by verifiable information, upon which the marketing organisation will charge purchasers of the potatoes exported by it.

7.      The basis, supported by verifiable information, upon which the marketing organisation will receive and transmit to the registered producers payment made to it by the purchasers of the potatoes exported by it.

8.      Details of any performance related bonus or penalty scheme to operate in relation to the marketing organisation.

9.      Details of any advertising marketing or promotional duties to be carried out or expenses incurred by the Board or the marketing organisation.

10.    The circumstances in which a management agreement may be varied, revoked or terminated by either party.

11.    The procedure to be adopted by the party seeking variation.

12.    The identification of any agreement which may prevail over the Management Agreement.

Endnotes

Table of Legislation History



Legislation



Year and No



Commencement



Jersey Potato Export Marketing Scheme 2001 (Approval) (Jersey) Act 2001



R&O.201/2001



19 December 2001 (Part 4 and paragraph 24 of the Scheme in force 28 February 2002)



States of Jersey (Amendments and Construction Provisions No. 4) (Jersey) Regulations 2005



R&O.44/2005



9 December 2005



Table of Endnote References



[1]



This Act has been amended by the States of Jersey (Amendments and Construction Provisions No. 4) (Jersey) Regulations 2005. The amendments replace all references to a Committee of the States of Jersey with a reference to a Minister of the States of Jersey, and remove and add defined terms appropriately, consequentially upon the move from a committee system of government to a ministerial system of government.



[2]



chapter 01.160



[3]



chapter 01.160



[4]



chapter 15.360
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