Memorandum by the Ministry
of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
1998 (S.I. 1998/1296)
The Joint Committee on Statutory
Instruments has requested a memorandum on the following point:
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