Plant Health Act 1967

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1967 c. 8


Plant Health Act 1967

1967 CHAPTER 8

An Act to consolidate the Destructive Insects and Pests Acts 1877 to 1927, together with section 11 of the Agriculture (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1949.

[22nd March 1967]

Be it enacted by the Queen'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:—

S-1 Objects of Act, and competent authorities under it.

1 Objects of Act, and competent authorities under it.

(1) This Act shall have effect for the control in Great Britain of pests and diseases injurious to agricultural or horticultural crops, or to trees or bushes, and in the following provisions of this Act—

(a ) references to pests are to be taken as references to insects, bacteria, fungi and other vegetable or animal organisms, viruses and all other agents causative of any transmissible disease of agricultural or horticultural crops or of trees or bushes, and also as including references to pests in any stage of existence;

(b ) references to a crop are to be taken as including references to trees and bushes.

(2) The competent authorities for purposes of this Act shall be—

(a ) as regards the protection of forest trees and timber from attack by pests, the Forestry Commissioners (‘timber’ for this purpose including all forest products); and

(b ) otherwise, for England and Wales the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and for Scotland the Secretary of State.

S-2 Control of introduction of pests into Great Britain.

2 Control of introduction of pests into Great Britain.

(1) A competent authority may from time to time make such orders as the authority thinks expedient for preventing the introduction of pests into Great Britain.

(2) Where it appears to the competent authority that the landing in Great Britain of articles of any description (and in particular plants, trees or bushes or any part or produce thereof) is likely to introduce a pest into Great Britain, the orders may prohibit or regulate the landing of those articles, and may direct or authorise their destruction if landed (without prejudice to provisions of the Customs and Excise Act 1952 imposing penalties or liability to forfeiture).

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