The Potatoes Originating in The Netherlands Regulations 1997

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Published: 1997-10-10

Statutory Instruments
1997 No. 2441

PLANT HEALTH
The Potatoes Originating in The Netherlands Regulations 1997

Made
10th October 1997

Laid before Parliament
10th October 1997

Coming into force
11th October 1997

The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the Secretary of State, being Ministers 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, acting jointly, in exercise of the powers conferred on them by the said section 2(2) and of all other powers enabling them in that behalf, hereby make the following Regulations:

Title, extent and commencement

1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Potatoes Originating in The Netherlands Regulations 1997, shall extend to Great Britain and shall come into force on 11th October 1997.

Revocation

2.  The Potatoes Originating in The Netherlands Regulations 1996(3) are hereby revoked.

Interpretation

3.  In these Regulations—

“the Decision” means Commission Decision 95/506/EC authorising member States temporarily to take additional measures against the dissemination of Pseudomonas solanacearum (Smith) Smith as regards the Kingdom of The Netherlands(4);

“inspector” means any person authorised to be an inspector for the purposes of the Order;

“the Order” means the Plant Health (Great Britain) Order 1993(5);

“originating in The Netherlands” means grown in 1997 in The Netherlands;

“potato” 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.;

“seed potato” means any potato intended for planting.

Notification of imports of potatoes originating in The Netherlands

4.—(1) No person shall import into England or Wales any potatoes which he knows or has reasonable cause to suspect to have originated in The Netherlands unless he has given written notification to an inspector, at least two days prior to the intended date of introduction into England or Wales of the potatoes, of his intention to import the potatoes and of—

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

(b)the proposed point of entry;

(c)the intended use of the potatoes;

(d)in the case of seed potatoes or potatoes intended for processing, the proposed destination of the potatoes;

(e)the variety of the potatoes;

(f)the quantity of potatoes; and

(g)the producer’s identification number or the reference number of the lot.

(2) No person shall import into Scotland any potatoes which he knows or has reasonable cause to suspect to have originated in The Netherlands unless he has given written notification to the Secretary of State, at least two days prior to the intended date of introduction into Scotland of the potatoes, of his intention to import the potatoes and of the information specified in sub-paragraphs (a) to (g) of paragraph (1) above in respect of the potatoes.

(3) Any person who, before the commencement of these Regulations, imported into England and Wales any potatoes which he knew or had reasonable cause to suspect to have originated in The Netherlands shall, no later than 31st October 1997, give written notification to an inspector of—

(a)the date the potatoes were imported;

(b)the point of entry;

(c)the intended use of the potatoes;

(d)in the case of seed potatoes or potatoes intended for processing, the destination or proposed destination of the potatoes;

(e)the variety of the potatoes;

(f)the quantity of potatoes; and

(g)the producer’s identification number or the reference number of the lot.

(4) Any person who, before the commencement of these Regulations, imported into Scotland any potatoes which he knew or had reasonable cause to suspect to have originated in The Netherlands shall, no later than 31st October 1997, give written notification to the Secretary of State of the information specified in sub-paragraphs (a) to (g) of paragraph (3) above in respect of the potatoes.

(5) In this regulation, “processing” means any industrial treatment including washing but excluding packing for retail sale.

Powers of an inspector

5.—(1) Without prejudice to the circumstances in which an inspector may by virtue of the Order exercise the powers conferred by articles 22 to 25 of that Order, an inspector who has reasonable grounds for suspecting that any person has or will have in his possession potatoes originating in The Netherlands may exercise any of those powers in respect of such potatoes.

(2) For the purposes of the Order (including article 33 (offences)), any power exercised by virtue of paragraph (1) above shall be treated as a power exercised under that Order.

Charges in respect of the sampling of imports of seed potatoes

6.—(1) Where the power to take samples conferred by article 25(1)(a) of the Order is exercised by an inspector in respect of seed potatoes originating in The Netherlands in order to ascertain whether, for the purposes of article 2 of the Decision, those potatoes are infected with Pseudomonas solanacearum (Smith) Smith, there shall be payable by the person required to give notification under regulation 4 in respect of those potatoes a fee of £116.

(2) The fee prescribed by paragraph (1) shall be payable—

(a)in the case of seed potatoes intended for planting in England or Wales, to the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food;

(b)in the case of seed potatoes intended for planting in Scotland, to the Secretary of State.

Offences

7.—(1) A person shall be guilty of an offence if, without reasonable excuse, proof of which shall lie on him, he contravenes or fails to comply with regulation 4 above.

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

Jeff Rooker
Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
8th October 1997

Sewel
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Scottish Office
10th October 1997

Explanatory Note

(This note is not part of the Regulations)
These Regulations, which extend to Great Britain, impose certain requirements in respect of potatoes grown in 1997 in The Netherlands in accordance with Commission Decision 95/506/EC (OJ No. L291, 6.12.95, p.48), authorising Member States to take additional measures against the dissemination of Pseudomonas solanacearum (Smith) Smith as regards the Kingdom of The Netherlands, as last amended by Commission Decision 97/649/EC (OJ No. L274, 7.10.97, p.14).
The Potatoes Originating in The Netherlands Regulations 1996 are revoked (regulation 2).
The Regulations require any person intending to import potatoes originating in The Netherlands to give at least two days' prior notification in writing of that intention and to provide specified information. They require any person who imported potatoes originating in The Netherlands before the commencement of these Regulations to give written notification by 31st October 1997 of corresponding information relating to those imports (regulation 4).
The Regulations provide that an inspector who has reasonable grounds for suspecting that a person has or will have in his possession potatoes originating in The Netherlands may exercise the powers conferred by articles 22 to 25 of the Plant Health (Great Britain) Order 1993 in respect of such potatoes (regulation 5).
They prescribe that a fee of £116 shall be payable where a sample of seed potatoes is taken in exercise of those powers for the purpose of ascertaining whether the potatoes are infected with Pseudomonas solanacearum (Smith) Smith (regulation 6). This is the same level of fee as was set in the Potatoes Originating in The Netherlands Regulations 1996.
A person who contravenes or fails to comply with regulation 4 of the Regulations (notification) is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £5,000 (regulation 7).
A Regulatory Appraisal in relation to these Regulations has been placed in the libraries of both Houses of Parliament, and copies can be obtained from the Plant Health Division of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Foss House, Kings Pool, 1-2 Peasholme Green, York YO1 2PX.


(1)
S.I. 1972/1811.

(2)
1972 c. 68.

(3)
S.I. 1996/2563.

(4)
OJ No. L291, 6.12.95, p.48 as last amended by Commission Decision 97/649/EC (OJ No. L274, 7.10.97, p.14).

(5)
S.I. 1993/1320; the relevant amending instrument is S.I. 1995/1358.
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