Apple and Pear Research Council Order 1989

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
CitationSI 1989/2277
Year1989

1989No. 2277

INDUSTRIAL ORGANISATION AND DEVELOPMENT

The Apple and Pear Research Council Order 1989

3rdDecember1989

The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the Secretary of State acting jointly in exercise of the powers conferred by sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 14 of the Industrial Organisation and Development Act 1947 ( a) and now vested in them ( b), and of all other powers enabling them in that behalf, after consultation with the organisations appearing to them to be representative of substantial numbers of persons carrying on business in the industry and with the organisation representative of persons employed in the industry appearing to them to be appropriate, being satisfied that the establishment of a development council for the industry is desired by a substantial number of persons engaged in the industry, and having satisfied themselves that the incidence of charges as between different classes of undertakings in the industry will be in accordance with a fair principle, hereby make the following Order, a draft of which has been laid before and approved by resolution of each House of Parliament:-

Title and commencement

1. This Order may be cited as the Apple and Pear Research Council Order 1989 and shall come into force on the eighth day after the day on which it is made.

Interpretation

2.-(1) In this Order, unless the context otherwise requires-

"the Act" means the Industrial Organisation and Development Act 1947;

"apples and pears" means apples and pears other than "cider apples" and "perry pears";

"apple or pear tree" means any plant grown for the commercial production of apples and pears other than nursery stock;

"cider apples" and "perry pears" mean respectively apples and pears of the varieties specified in Schedule 1;

"the Council" means the Apple and Pear Research Council established under the provisions of this Order;

"grower" means a person who carries on business in the industry and occupies land in England and Wales of two hectares or more planted with 50 or more apple or pear trees;

"the industry" means the growing of apples and pears in England and Wales for sale or for processing into an apple or pear product with a view to its sale, by way of trade or business;

(a) 1947 c.40, which is to be read with section 40 of the Criminal Justice Act 1982 (c.48) and S.I. 1984/447.

(b) By virtue of S.I. 1978/272.

"the Minister" means the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; and

"sale" includes storage or preparation with a view to subsequent sale.

(2) In this Order, unless the context otherwise requires, any reference to a numbered article or Schedule is a reference to the article or Schedule so numbered in this Order.

Establishment of Development Council

3.-(1) There shall be established a development council for the industry, to be known as the Apple and Pear Research Council, and there shall be assigned to it the functions specified in Schedule 2.

(2) The Council shall exercise their functions in such manner as appears to them to be likely to increase efficiency and productivity in the industry, to improve and develop the service that the industry renders or could render to the community and to enable the industry to render that service more economically.

(3) The Council may enter into such agreements, acquire such property and do such things, as may in the opinion of the Council be necessary or desirable for the exercise of any of their functions and may dispose of as they think fit of any property acquired by them.

Constitution of Council

4. The Council shall consist of the following members appointed by the Minister, that is to say:

(1) five persons capable of representing the interests of growers;

(2) one person capable of representing the interests of people employed in the industry;

(3) two persons as to whom the Minister is satisfied that they have no such financial or industrial interest as is likely to affect them in the discharge of their functions as members of the Council (hereinafter referred to as "independent members"); and

(4) one person having special knowledge of matters relating to the marketing and distribution of products of the industry.

Membership and proceedings of council

5. The provisions of Schedule 3 shall have effect in relation to the membership and proceedings of the Council.

Register of growers

6.-(1) The Council shall keep a register of growers and shall enter in it the name and address of every person who applies to the Council in writing to be registered.

(2) The Council may enter in the register, in addition to the name and address of any registered person, any business name under which and the address of any place at which he carries on the business in the industry, and the names of his partners in any such business, but no other information.

(3) Any person whose name is entered in the register shall notify the Council forthwith in writing of any matter rendering the entry in the register relating to him inaccurate or incomplete.

(4) The Council shall amend the register in accordance with any such notification as is referred to in paragraph (3) above, on its receipt.

(5) Any registered person may apply in writing to the Council for the removal of his name from the register and if the Council are satisfied that such person no longer carries on business in the industry they may remove his name forthwith.

(6) The Council may, if they have reasonable cause to believe that any person whose name is entered in the register no longer carries on a business in the industry, by notice in writing inform that person of their intention to remove his name from the register unless within one month from the date of the notice he gives notice in writing to the Council that he is a person carrying on such a business and, if no such notice is received by the Councilwithin the said period, the Council may on the expiration of that period remove his name from the register.

(7) The register shall be kept at the office of the Council and any person shall, on the payment of a fee not exceeding one pound, be entitled to inspect the register during normal business hours and to take, or be supplied with, a copy of the entries relating to any one registered person.

Registration of growers

7.-(1) Every person who on or after the day on which this Order comes into force becomes a grower shall within the month thereafter apply in writing to the Council to be registered.

(2) Where two or more persons jointly carry on business in the industry they shall, for the purpose of registration, be treated as constituting a single person.

Returns and information

8.-(1) Subject to paragraph (2) below, the Council may require any registered grower to furnish such returns and information relating to activities carried on by him and comprised in the industry, including information with respect to the productive capacity, capital assets, staff, output, orders, sales, deliveries, stocks and costs as appear to the Council to be required for the exercise of any of their functions.

(2) The Council shall not exercise the powers conferred upon them under this article generally as regards the industry or any section thereof unless the Minister has consented to such exercise and has approved the form in which the returns or other information will be required to be furnished.

Charges for expenses

9.-(1) For the purposes of enabling them to meet their administrative and other expenses incurred or to be incurred in the exercise of their functions the Council may, with the approval of the Minister and subject to paragraph (2) below, impose on every grower-

(a) an annual charge at a rate not exceeding twenty-five pounds in respect of each hectare of land occupied by him for the purpose of business in the industry and planted with apple or pear trees, or,(b) where the average density of planting on such land is less than 125 trees per hectare and the grower so elects, an annual charge in respect of every 50 trees at the rate of two fifths of the charge imposed under the preceding sub paragraph.

(2) For the purpose of computing amounts payable under paragraph (1) above headlands shall be included but fractions of less than each complete one-tenth of a hectare or any remainder after the number of trees have been divided by 50 shall be ignored.

(3) Where two or more persons jointly carry on business in the industry, they shall, for the purpose of calculating any charge payable by them in respect of land used in the joint business, be treated as constituting a single person.

(4) Every charge imposed in accordance with the provisions of this article shall be payable on such date or dates as the Council may determine at the office of the Council, and it shall be a debt due to the Council and shall be recoverable as such.

Borrowing and investment of money

10.-(1) The Council may borrow money and pledge, mortgage or charge any of their property (including the proceeds of the charges imposed in accordance with the provisions of article 9) for the purpose of defraying any expenses incurred or to be incurred in the discharge of their functions.

(2) The Council may establish and thereafter maintain a reserve fund for the purposes of their functions.

(3) Any moneys for the time being comprised in a reserve fund maintained under this article, and any other moneys of the Council which are not for the time being required for any other purpose, may be invested in accordance with paragraph (4) below.

(4) Sections 1, 2, 5, 6, 12 and 13 of the Trustee Investments Act 1961 ( a) (which relate to the investment powers of trustees) shall have effect in relation to any such moneys, and in relation to any investments or other property for the time being representing any such moneys, as if they constituted a trust fund and the Council were the trustees of that trust fund.

Returns of orchard area and other matters

11.-(1) For the purposes of the imposition or recovery of their charges...

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