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Ragwort Control Bill

Ragwort Control Bill






amend the Weeds Act 1959 in relation to ragwort; and for connected


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:—

 1     Control of ragwort

After section 1 of the Weeds Act 1959 (c. 54) there is inserted—

       “1A  Code of practice: ragwort

           (1)           The Minister may make a code of practice for the purpose of providing

guidance on how to prevent the spread of ragwort (senecio jacobaea L.).


           (2)           Before making the code the Minister must consult such persons as he

considers appropriate.

           (3)           The Minister must lay a copy of the code before Parliament.

           (4)           The Minister may revise the code; and subsections (2) and (3) apply to

the revised code.


           (5)           The code is to be admissible in evidence.

           (6)           If the code appears to a court to be relevant to any question arising in

proceedings it is to be taken into account in determining that question.”

 2     Wales

     (1)    The reference to the Weeds Act 1959 in Schedule 1 to the National Assembly


for Wales (Transfer of Functions) Order 1999 (S.I. 1999/ 672) is to be treated as

referring to that Act as amended by this Act.

     (2)    Subsection (1) does not affect the power to make further Orders varying or

omitting that reference.

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Ragwort Control Bill



 3     Short title, commencement and extent

     (1)    This Act maybe cited as the Ragwort Control Act 2003.

     (2)    This Act comes into force at the end of the period of three months beginning

with the day on which it is passed.

     (3)    This Act extends to England and Wales only.




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