Statutory Rules of Northern Ireland
1996 No. 605
Deseasonalisation Premium (Protection of Payments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996
20th December 1996
Coming into operation
1st January 1997
The Department of Agriculture, being a Department designated(1) for the purposes of section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972(2) in relation to the common agricultural policy of the European Community, in exercise of the powers conferred on it by the said section 2(2) and of every other power enabling it in that behalf, hereby makes the following Regulations:—
Citation and commencement
1. These Regulations may be cited as the Deseasonalisation Premium (Protection of Payments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996 and shall come into operation on 1st January 1997.
2.—(1) The Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954(3) shall apply to these Regulations as it applies to a Measure of the Northern Ireland Assembly.
(2) In these Regulations—
“animal” means a castrated male animal of the bovine species which is slaughtered during the period 1st January 1997 to 10th June 1997;
“applicant” means a producer who has made an application under regulation 3;
“the Commission Regulation” means Commission Regulation (EEC) No. 3886/92(4) laying down detailed rules for applying the integrated administration and control systems for certain Community aid schemes;
“the Council Regulation” means Council Regulation (EEC) No. 805/68(5) on the common organisation of the market in beef and veal, as amended;
“the Department” means the Department of Agriculture for Northern Ireland;
“premium” means the deseasonalisation premium referred to in Article 4c of the Council Regulation;
“producer” has the same meaning as in Article 4a of the Council Regulation.
(3) Other expressions used in these Regulations have, in so far as the context admits, the same meanings as in the Council Regulation.
Application for premium payments
3.—(1) Subject to the provisions of this regulation a producer may apply to the Department for a premium payment, in respect of an animal, in such form as the Department may require.
(2) An application under paragraph (1) shall be lodged with the Department during the period 1st July 1997 to 12th September 1997 (both dates inclusive).
(3) A producer may lodge only one application.
Recovery of premium
4. If at any time after a premium payment has been made it appears to the Department that any person—
(a)in order to obtain the premium payment made a false statement; or
(b)has, in relation to that premium payment, contravened or failed to comply with any requirement imposed by or under the Council Regulation, the Commission Regulation or these Regulations;
the Department may recover from him as a civil debt the whole or any part of the amount of the premium payment together with interest in respect of the period between the date on which any premium was paid and the date on which it was recovered calculated at a rate to be determined by the Department.
Rate of interest
5. Except where the Department recovers from any applicant any premium or part of any premium paid to that applicant as a result of an error of the Department, for the purpose of Article 14(1) of the Commission Regulation, interest shall be charged at the rate of one percentage point above the sterling three months London Interbank Offered Rate on a day to day basis for the period specified in that Article.
6. If any person—
(a)knowingly or recklessly makes any false statement for the purpose of obtaining the payment to himself or any other person of a premium;
(b)wilfully makes a false entry in any book, account, record or other document relating to an application for premium or with intent to deceive makes use of any such entry which he knows to be false;
he shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months or both, or on conviction on indictment to a fine or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years or both.
7. The Deseasonalisation Premium (Protection of Payments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1993(6) are hereby revoked.
Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of Agriculture for Northern Ireland on 20th December 1996.
(This note is not part of the Regulations.)
Article 4c of Council Regulation (EEC) No. 805/68 (inserted by Council Regulation (EEC) No. 2066/92 and amended by Council Regulation (EEC) No. 125/93, Council Regulation (EEC) No. 424/95, Council Regulation (EC) No. 2417/95 and Council Regulation (EC) No. 1588/96) provides for the payment to beef and veal producers of a deseasonalisation premium. Detailed rules for administration of the premium are laid down in Commission Regulation (EEC) No. 3886/92, Commission Regulation (EEC) No. 3887/92, Commission Regulation (EEC) No. 3888/92 as amended by Commission Regulations (EEC) No. 538/93, Commission Regulation (EEC) No. 1909/93 and Council Regulation (EC) No. 1648/95.
Northern Ireland satisfies the conditions for the granting of the premium in 1997 and it will therefore be paid on eligible animals slaughtered during the period 1st January 1997 to 10th June 1997.
These Regulations supplement the relevant provisions of the Council and Commission Regulations in respect of 1997. A producer may lodge an application with the Department of Agriculture (the Department) during the period 1st July 1997 to 12th September 1997 (regulation 3). The Regulations specify the circumstances in which premium may be recovered by the Department (regulation 4) and the rate of interest payable when a wrong payment is recovered (regulation 5). The Regulations also provide for offences relating to the making of false statements which are punishable on summary conviction with a fine not exceeding level 5 (currently £5,000) on the standard scale or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months or both, or on conviction on indictment with a fine or with imprisonment not exceeding 2 years or both (regulation 6). These Regulations revoke the Deseasonalisation Premium (Protection of Payments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1993.
1972 c. 68; section 2 is subject to Schedule 2 to that Act and is to be read with S.I. 1984/703 (N.I. 3) and S.R. 1984 No. 253
1954 c. 33 (N.I.)
O.J. No. L391, 31.12.92, p. 20
O.J. No. L148, 28.6.68, p. 24 (O.J./S.E. 1968(1) p. 187) as last amended by Council Regulation (EC) No. 1588/96 (O.J. No. L206, 16.8.96, p. 23)
S.R. 1993 No. 475