Potatoes Originating in the Netherlands (Notification) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999

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Published: 1999-01-06

Statutory Rules of Northern Ireland
1999 No. 1

PLANT HEALTH
Potatoes Originating in the Netherlands (Notification) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999

Made
6th January 1999

Coming into operation
13th January 1999

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 Potatoes Originating in the Netherlands (Notification) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999 and shall come into operation on 13th January 1999.

Revocation

2.  The Potatoes Originating in the Netherlands (Notification) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997(3) are hereby revoked.

Interpretation

3.—(1) In these Regulations—

“Decision 95/506/EC” 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);

“the 1993 Order” means the Plant Health order (Northern Ireland) 1993(5);

“originating in the Netherlands” in relation to any potatoes means grown in 1998 in the Netherlands.

(2) Other expressions have the same meaning as in the 1993 Order.

(3) The Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954(6) shall apply to these Regulations as it applies to a Measure of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Notification of potatoes originating in the Netherlands

4.—(1) A person shall not land any potatoes which he knows or has reasonable cause to suspect have originated in the Netherlands unless, at least two days prior to the date of the landing, he has given written notification to an inspector of his intention to do so, and of—

(a)the proposed means of landing;

(b)the proposed point and time and date of landing;

(c)the use of the potatoes concerned;

(d)the quantity and variety of those potatoes;

(e)the proposed destination of those potatoes; and

(f)the producer’s identification number or the reference number of the lot to which the potatoes belong.

(2) Any person who, before the commencement of these Regulations, landed in Northern Ireland any potatoes which he knew or had reasonable cause to suspect to have originated in the Netherlands shall, no later than 28th January 1999, give written notification to an inspector of–

(a)the date the potatoes were landed;

(b)the point of landing;

(c)the use or intended use of the potatoes concerned;

(d)the destination of those potatoes;

(e)the quantity and variety of those potatoes; and

(f)the producer’s identification number or the reference number of the lot to which the potatoes belong.

Actions which may be required by an inspector

5.  Without prejudice to the circumstances in which an inspector may exercise any powers under Articles 22 to 25 of the 1993 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, in respect of such potatoes, exercise the powers set out in those provisions as if the reference in those provisions to the 1993 Order included references to these Regulations.

Fees in respect of the sampling of seed potatoes landed in Northern Ireland

6.—(1) Where the power to take samples conferred by Article 25(a)(iii) of the 1993 Order is exercised by an inspector in respect of a consignment of seed potatoes originating in the Netherlands for the purpose of ascertaining whether, for the purposes of Article 2 of Decision 95/506/EC, 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 £118.

(2)  The fee prescribed by paragraph (1) shall be payable to the Department on demand.

Offences

7.—(1) A person who contravenes the requirements for notification under regulation 4 without reasonable excuse, proof of which shall lie on him, shall be guilty of an offence.

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

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of Agriculture on

L.S.
Liam McKibben
Assistant Secretary
6th January 1999

Explanatory Note

(This note is not part of the Regulations.)
These Regulations, which come into operation on 13th January 1999, impose certain requirements in respect of potatoes grown in 1998 in the Netherlands in accordance with Commission Decision 95/506/EC authorising Member States to take additional measures against the dissemination of Pseudomonas solanacearum (Smith) Smith as regards the Kingdom of the Netherlands (O.J. No. L.291, 6.12.95, p. 48), as last amended by commission Decision 98/738/EC (O.J. No. L.354, 30.12.98, p. 62).
These Regulations revoke and replace the Potatoes Originating in the Netherlands (Notification) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997.
These Regulations require a person intending to land in Northern Ireland potatoes gown in 1998 in the Netherlands (“potatoes originating in the Netherlands”) to give to an inspector, at least two days prior notification of that intention and to provide specified information bout those potatoes. They require any person who landed potatoes originating in the Netherlands before the commencement of these Regulations to give written notification by 28th January 1999 of corresponding information relating to those potatoes (regulation 4).
The Regulations provide that an inspector who had reasonable grounds for suspecting that a person has or will have in his possession potatoes originating in the Netherlands may exercise the powers contained in Articles 22 to 25 of the Plant Health Order (Northern Ireland) 1993 in relation to such potatoes (regulation 5).
The Regulations prescribe that a fee of £118 shall be payable where a sample of seed potatoes is taken for the purpose of ascertaining whether the potatoes are infected with Pseudomonas solanacearum (Smith) Smith (regulation 6). The fee is slightly higher than that prescribed by the Potatoes Originating in the Netherlands (Notification) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997.
The Regulations provide that contravention of the requirements for notification under regulation 4 shall be an offence punishable on summary conviction by a fine not exceeding £5,000 (regulation 7).


(1)
See S.I. 1972/1811

(2)
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.I. 1994/2795 (N.I. 15)

(3)
S.R. 1997 No. 478

(4)
O.J. No. L.291, 6.12.95, p. 48 as last amended by Commission Decision 98/738/EC (O.J. No. L.354, 30.12.98, p. 62).

(5)
S.R. 1993 No. 256 as amended by S.R. 1994 No. 28, S.R. 1995 Nos. 164, 250 and 494, S.R. 1996 Nos. 204 and 249, S.R. 1997 Nos. 110 and 397, S.R. 1998 Nos. 16, 146 and 315

(6)
1954 c. 33 (N.I.)
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