Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries Act 1919

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1919 c. 91


Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries Act, 1919

(9 & 10 Geo. 5.) CHAPTER 91.

An Act to provide for the constitution of a Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and of Councils and Committees in connection with agriculture, and to amend the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries Acts, 1889 to 1909.

[23rd December 1919]

B E it enacted by the King's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

I Constitution of Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries .

Part I.

Constitution of Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries .

S-1 Substitution of Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries for Board of Agriculture and Fisheries.

1 Substitution of Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries for Board of Agriculture and Fisheries.

(1) It shall be lawful for His Majesty to appoint a Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries who shall hold office during His Majesty's pleasure, and from and after the date of the first appointment any reference in any Act or document to the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries, or to the President of that Board, shall be construed as a reference to the Minister or the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, as the context may require.

(2) For the purpose of acquiring and holding land or other property the Minister for the time being shall be a corporation sole by the name of the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, and all property transferred to the Minister by this Act or otherwise vested in the Minister shall (except where and to such extent as the property is held on other trusts) be held in trust for His Majesty for the purposes of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.

(3) Upon and by virtue of the appointment of any person to be Minister the benefit of all deeds, contracts, bonds, securities, or things in action vested in his predecessor at the time of his predecessor ceasing to hold office shall be transferred to and vested in and enure for the benefit of the person so appointed, in the same manner as if he had been contracted with instead of his predecessor, and as if his name had been inserted in all such deeds, contracts, bonds, or securities instead of the name of his predecessor. For the purposes of this provision, the Board shall be deemed to be the predecessor of the person first appointed to be the Minister.

(4) Section one of the Board of Agriculture Act, 1889 , is hereby repealed.

II Councils and Advisory Committees for England and Wales.

Part II .

and Wales.Councils and Advisory Committees for England

S-2 Constitution of councils and committees.

2 Constitution of councils and committees.

(1) For the purpose of assisting the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries (in this Act referred to as the Board) in executing their powers and duties, there shall be established—

(a ) a Council of Agriculture for England;

(b ) a Council of Agriculture for Wales;

(c ) an Agriculture Advisory Committee for England and Wales.

(2) The Council of Agriculture for England and the Council of Agriculture for Wales may from time to time by agreement act together as one Council.

(3) The various councils and committees above referred to shall be constituted as provided by the First Schedule to this Act.

S-3 Duties of Councils of Agriculture.

3 Duties of Councils of Agriculture.

3. Each Council of Agriculture shall meet at least twice a year for the purpose of discussing matters of public interest relating to agriculture or other rural industries, and such meetings shall be held in public.

S-4 Duties and powers of Agricultural Advisory Committee.

4 Duties and powers of Agricultural Advisory Committee.

4. The Agricultural Advisory Committee shall advise the Board with respect to all matters and questions submitted to them in relation to the exercise by the Board of any powers or duties which do not relate to the industry of fishing, and shall be at liberty to make recommendations to the Board in relation to other matters affecting agriculture or other rural industries.

S-5 Supplementary provisions as to councils and committees.

5 Supplementary provisions as to councils and committees.

(1) The Board may make general regulations for regulating the proceedings for the appointment of the members of each council and committee established by this Part of this Act, and the number of meetings and the mode of convening them and the proceedings and quorum of each council and committee, and the appointing body, council, or committee shall act in accordance with those regulations.

(2) The President of the Board, or, in his absence, the parliamentary secretary of the Board, shall be entitled to attend any meeting of the advisory committee established by this Part of this Act and to act as chairman of the meeting, but shall not vote at any meeting of the committee.

(3) The Board may require any of their officers to act as secretary or other officer of a council or committee established by this Part of this Act.

(4) Any regulation made under this Act shall be laid before both Houses of Parliament forthwith; and if an address is presented to His Majesty by either House of Parliament within the next subsequent twenty-eight days on which that House has sat after any such regulation is laid before it praying that the regulation may be annulled, it shall henceforth be void, but without prejudice to the validity of anything previously done thereunder or the making of a new regulation.

(5) The expenses of any council or committee established by this Part of this Act shall, to such extent as may be sanctioned by the Board, with the consent of the Treasury, be defrayed by the Board out of moneys provided by Parliament; and such expenses may include such sums as the Board think reasonable for the travelling expenses and subsistence allowance of the members of the council or committee.

S-6 Provision as to Monmouthshire.

6 Provision as to Monmouthshire.

6. For the purposes of this Act, Monmouthshire shall be included in Wales and not in England.

III County Agricultural Committees .

Part III .

County Agricultural Committees .

S-7 Constitution of committees.

7 Constitution of committees.

(1) The council of every county (other than the London County Council) shall, and the London County Council and the council of any county borough may, establish an agricultural committee constituted in accordance with a scheme made by the council and approved by the Board. A committee may consist partly of persons who are not members of the council.

(2) All matters relating to the exercise by the council of their powers under any Act specified in the Second Schedule to this Act, and all other matters relating to agriculture, except such matters as under the Education Act, 1902 , stand referred to the education committee, and, except the raising of a rate or borrowing, shall stand referred to the agricultural committee, and the council, before exercising their powers in relation to any matter so referred, shall, unless in their opinion the...

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