Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments Thirty-Eighth Report


Memorandum by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food


The Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments has requested a memorandum on the following point:

    Article 7 provides a saving for previous rates of annual payments to farmers which relate wholly or partly to periods before 1 April 1998. The saving applies in relation only to articles 4 and 5 of the Order, and not to article 6. Ought not the saving to have covered the latter article as well? (Contrast similar provisions in S.I.s 1297-1300 inclusive of 1998).

The Ministry confirms that the Joint Committee are correct that article 7 should also have contained a reference to article 6, so as to ensure that the amended rate did not apply for the purposes of any payment which relates wholly or partly to any period before 1st April 1998. The Ministry regrets this defect, and will introduce an amending Order to rectify this error as soon as possible. Copies of the amending Order will be provided free of charge to purchasers of S.I. 1998/1296.

11th June 1998

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