Welsh Statutory Instrument 2006 No. 62 (W. 11)
Older Cattle (Disposal) (Wales) Regulations 2006
(The document as of February, 2008. Arhiv.Online Library)
2006 No. 62 (W.11)[b]
The Older Cattle (Disposal) (Wales) Regulations 2006
The National Assembly for Wales is designated for the purposes of section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972 in relation to the common agricultural policy of the European Community.
Exercising the powers conferred on it by that section, the National Assembly for Wales makes the following Regulations—
Title, commencement and application
1.—(1) The title of these Regulations is the Older Cattle (Disposal) (Wales) Regulations 2006 and they will come into force on 23 January 2006.
(2) These Regulations apply in relation to Wales.
2.The Bovine Animals (Enforcement of Community Purchase Scheme) Regulations 1996 are revoked in so far as they apply in Wales.
3.—(1) Where there is, in a slaughterhouse, a contravention of, or failure to comply with, any provision of Commission Regulation (EC) No. 716/96 of 19 April 1996 ("the Commission Regulation") adopting exceptional support measures for the beef market in the United Kingdom referred to in Part I of the Schedule, the slaughterhouse operator is guilty of an offence.
(2) Where there is, at premises housing an incinerator or at a processing plant, a contravention of, or failure to comply with, any provision referred to in Part II of the Schedule, the operator of those premises is guilty of an offence.
Enforcement and appointment of inspectors
4.These Regulations are to be enforced by the National Assembly for Wales, which must appoint inspectors for the purposes of these Regulations.
Powers of entry and inspectors' powers
5.—(1) An inspector on producing, if so required, some duly authenticated document showing his or her authority, has a right at all reasonable hours, to enter any land or premises for the purpose of ensuring that these Regulations and the Commission Regulation are being complied with; and in this regulation "premises" includes any vehicle or container.
(2) An inspector may—
(b) carry out any inquiries, examinations and tests;
(c) take any samples;
(d) have access to, and inspect and copy any records (in whatever form they are held) kept under these Regulations or the Commission Regulation, or remove those records to enable them to be copied;
(e) have access to, inspect and check the operation of, any computer and any associated apparatus or material which is or has been in use in connection with the records; and for this purpose may require any person having charge of, or otherwise concerned with the operation of, the computer, apparatus or material to give him or her any assistance he or she may reasonably require (including providing him or her with any necessary passwords) and, where a record is kept by means of a computer, may require the records to be produced in a form in which they may be taken away;
(f) mark any animal, animal by-product or other thing for identification purposes; and
(g) take any other persons with him or her, as he or she considers necessary.
(3) Any person who defaces, obliterates or removes any mark applied under paragraph (2)(f) is guilty of an offence.
(b) without reasonable cause, fails to give to any person executing these Regulations any assistance or information which that person may reasonably require of him or her for the performance of his or her functions under these Regulations;
(c) provides any person executing these Regulations with any information which he or she knows to be false or misleading; or
(d) fails to produce a record when required to do so to any person executing these Regulations.
Notice requiring the disposal of animal by-products
(b) on conviction on indictment, to a fine or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or both.
(2) Where a body corporate is guilty of an offence under these Regulations, and that offence is proved to have been committed with the consent or connivance of, or to have been attributable to any neglect on the part of—
(b) any person who was purporting to act in any such capacity,
he or she, as well as the body corporate, is guilty of the offence and liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.
(This note is not part of the Regulations)
These Regulations make provision for the enforcement of certain of the requirements of Commission Regulation (EC) No 716/96 as amended by Commission Regulation (EC) No 2109/2005, adopting exceptional support measures for the beef market in the United Kingdom. The Commission Regulation (as amended) introduces a scheme authorising the United Kingdom to purchase any bovine animal born or reared within the United Kingdom before 1 August 1996 which does not exhibit any clinical sign of BSE and which was, during a period of at least six months prior to its sale, present on a holding located in United Kingdom territory. Various requirements are specified as to the slaughter, treatment and disposal of animals subject to the scheme.
Regulation 3 creates offences in respect of breaches of the provisions of the Commission Regulation (as amended) referred to in Column 1 (and described in Column 2) of the Schedule to these Regulations. Regulation 4 provides that these Regulations are to be enforced by the National Assembly for Wales which must appoint inspectors for this purpose. Regulations 5 to 8 detail the powers of those inspectors, and the consequences of failure to comply with, or of obstructing, the inspectors. Under regulation 9, breach of the Regulations is an offence punishable on summary conviction by a fine up to the statutory maximum, currently £5,000, or three months imprisonment. On indictment the penalty is an unlimited fine or two years imprisonment.
A full regulatory appraisal has not been produced for this instrument as it has no impact on the costs of business.
1972, c. 68.back
OJ No. L 99, 20.4.96, p.14 as amended by Commission Regulation (EC) No 2109/2005 (OJ No.337, 22.12.2005, p.25).back
[a] Amended by Correction Slip. The English language title of this instrument should read, "The Older Cattle (Disposal) (Wales) Regulations 2006"; and back
[b] Amended by Correction Slip. Page 2, above the subject heading; the instrument numbers should be inserted and read, "2006 No. 62 (W.11)". back
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