Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments Twelfth Report


Memorandum by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food


1. By a letter dated 14 March 2001, the Committee has requested that a memorandum be submitted on the following point:

    Regulation 2(1) defines "ewe" as meaning " a female sheep which is at least one year old, or has lambed, on 1 January 2001". Is it intended that the sheep must have lambed on 1 January 2001 to qualify, or that it should have lambed by that date? If the latter meaning is intended, ought not the definition to have read: "ewe" means a female sheep which on 1 January 2001 is at least one year old or has lambed by that date?

2. The Committee has correctly pointed out a possible ambiguity. The definition should refer to a female sheep which is at least one year old on 1 January 2001 or has lambed before that date. The Regulations will be amended at the first opportunity.

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