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10 1930

AGRICULTURAL PRODUCE (FRESH MEAT) ACT, 1930

Part I.

Registration of Premises and Licensing of Exporters.

Definitions in relation to Part I.

4. —In this Part of this Act and in the Schedule to this Act—

the word “year” means the period of twelve months commencing on any 1st day of July in any year and ending on the next following 30th day of June;

the expression “half-year” means a period of six months commencing either on the 1st day of July or the 1st day of January.

Registers of premises to be kept by Minister.

5. —(1) The Minister shall cause to be kept—

(a) a register (to be called and known as the register of cattle slaughtering premises) of premises in Saorstát Eireann in which the business of slaughtering cattle and of preparing and packing for export beef and veal and offals of cattle is carried on; and

(b) a register (to be called and known as the register of pig slaughtering premises) of premises in Saorstát Eireann in which the business of slaughtering pigs and of preparing and packing for export pork or the offals of pigs or both pork and the offals of pigs is carried on; and

(c) a register (to be called and known as the register of sheep slaughtering premises) of premises in Saorstát Eireann in which the business of slaughtering sheep and of preparing and packing for export mutton and lamb and the offals of sheep is carried on; and

(d) a register (to be called and known as the register of horse slaughtering premises) of premises in Saorstát Eireann in which the business of slaughtering horses and of preparing and packing for export horse-flesh and the offals of horses is carried on; and

(e) a register (to be called and known as the register of goat slaughtering premises) of premises in Saorstát Eireann in which the business of slaughtering goats and of preparing and packing for export goat-flesh and the offals of goats is carried on; and

(f) a register (to be called and known as the register of crating premises) of premises in Saorstát Eireann in which the business of crating for export beef, pork, mutton and lamb or any of them and no other business is carried on.

(2) There shall be entered in the said registers in respect of all premises registered therein the following particulars, that is to say:—

(a) the full name and description of the proprietor (in this Act referred to as the registered proprietor) of the premises; and

(b) a description of the situation of the premises sufficient to identify the same and the limits and extent thereof.

(3) Subject to the provisions of this Act in relation to the registration of premises in any particular register, premises registered in the register of cattle slaughtering premises, or in the register of pig slaughtering premises, or in the register of sheep slaughtering premises or in the register of goat slaughtering premises shall be capable of being registered in any other or others of those registers but shall not be capable of being registered in the register of horse slaughtering premises or the register of crating premises.

(4) Premises registered in the register of horse slaughtering premises and premises registered in the register of crating premises shall not be capable of being registered in any other register.

(5) In this Act premises registered in the register of cattle slaughtering premises, premises registered in the register of pig slaughtering premises, premises registered in the register of sheep slaughtering premises, premises registered in the register of horse slaughtering premises, premises registered in the register of goat slaughtering premises and premises registered in the register of crating premises are referred to respectively as registered cattle slaughtering premises, registered pig slaughtering premises, registered sheep slaughtering premises, registered horse slaughtering premises, registered goat slaughtering premises and registered crating premises.

(6) In this Act—

the expression “registered premises” means premises registered in any register kept by the Minister in pursuance of this section:

the expression “register of slaughtering premises” means and includes any register kept by the Minister in pursuance of this section other than the register of crating premises; and

the expression “registered slaughtering premises” means and includes premises registered in any register of slaughtering premises.

Conditions of registration of slaughtering premises.

6. —(1) The Minister shall, before registering premises in any register of slaughtering premises, be satisfied that such premises comply with the following conditions (in this Act referred to as the general conditions of cleanliness and suitability of slaughtering premises), that is to say:—

(a) that such premises and the equipment, fittings and appliances therein are in a state of cleanliness and good repair; and

(b) that such premises are situated in such a position and used in such a manner as to prevent the exposure of fresh meat and offals prepared therein to any effluvium from any drain, cesspool, refuse heap or other source of contamination; and

(c) that such premises are provided with adequate facilities for the proper disposal of blood, washings and waste; and

(d) that there is available on such premises such adequate supply of good and wholesome water as may from time to time be reasonably necessary; and

(e) that adequate facilities are provided on such premises for the veterinary examination of animals ante mortem and post mortem and of the viscera thereof; and

(f) that locked up accommodation is provided on such premises for the safe custody of certificates, marks, records and equipment; and

(g) that adequate facilities are provided on or in respect of such premises for the penning and resting of animals before slaughter.

(2) Before registering any premises in a register of slaughtering premises the Minister shall also be satisfied that the following conditions (in this Act referred to as the particular conditions of suitability of slaughtering premises) are complied with, that is to say:—

(a) that such premises are structurally suited for carrying on the business of slaughtering the particular class of animal for the slaughter of which such premises are proposed to be registered and of preparing for export fresh meat and offals derived from that class of animal; and

(b) that such premises are equipped with the plant and equipment prescribed for premises registered in the register in which such premises are proposed to be registered; and

(c) that there are employed on such premises one or more persons skilled in the slaughtering of the animals for the slaughter of which such premises are proposed to be registered and preparing the fresh meat and offals derived from such animals.

(3) The Minister shall, before registering premises in any register of slaughtering premises, consult the local slaughter-house authority (if any) concerning such registration.

Conditions of registration of crating premises.

7. —The Minister shall, before registering premises in the register of crating premises, be satisfied that such premises comply with the following conditions (in this Act referred to as the conditions of cleanliness and suitability of crating premises), that is to say:—

(a) that such premises are structurally suited for carrying on the business of crating pork, mutton and lamb for export; and

(b) that such premises and crates and materials used for crating are in a state of cleanliness and good repair; and

(c) that such premises are situated in such a position and used in such a manner as to prevent the exposure of fresh meat crated therein to any cause of contamination or deterioration.

Application for registration of premises.

8. —(1) Every application for the registration of any premises under this Part of this Act shall be made by the proprietor thereof in writing in the prescribed form and manner and shall contain the prescribed particulars.

(2) Whenever an application is made under this section for the registration of any premises, the Minister shall cause such premises to be inspected by an inspector.

(3) Before refusing an application for the registration of any premises under this Part of this Act, the Minister shall send by post to the applicant at his address as stated in the application one fortnight's notice of the Minister's intention to refuse such application and of the reasons for such refusal and shall consider any representations made by the applicant before the expiration of such notice.

Fees payable in respect of registration of premises.

9. —There shall be paid to the Minister by the person applying for the registration of premises in any register kept in pursuance of this Part of this Act the fee of one pound and the payment of such fee shall be a condition precedent to the entertainment of the application by the Minister.

Provisional registration of slaughtering premises.

10. —(1) Where an application is made, before or within twelve months after the commencement of this Act, for the registration of any premises in a register of slaughtering premises and the Minister is not satisfied that such premises comply with the general conditions of cleanliness and suitability of slaughtering premises or the appropriate particular conditions of suitability of slaughtering premises the Minister may, if he so thinks fit, provisionally register such premises in such register for such period not exceeding twelve months as he shall think proper and shall specify at the time of such registration.

(2) Premises provisionally registered under this section in a register of slaughtering premises shall, while they continue to be so registered, be deemed for all the purposes of this Act to be registered in such register in accordance with this Act and this Act shall apply to and have effect in relation to such premises accordingly.

(3) Where any premises are provisionally registered under this section in a register of slaughtering premises and the Minister, before the expiration of the period for which such premises were so registered, is satisfied that such premises have been brought into compliance with the general conditions of cleanliness and suitability of slaughtering premises and the appropriate particular conditions of suitability of slaughtering premises, he may, before the expiration of the said period, confirm such provisional registration, and thereupon such premises shall become and be registered in such register as fully in all respects as if they had, on the date of such provisional registration, been registered in such register under this Part of this Act other than this section.

(4) Where any premises are provisionally registered under this section in a register of slaughtering premises and such provisional registration is not confirmed under this section before the expiration of the period for which such premises were so registered, such premises shall, at the expiration of the said period, cease to be registered in, and shall be removed from such register and shall not again be provisionally registered under this section in such register.

Registered licensees of registered slaughtering premises.

11. —(1) Where a person who is not the registered proprietor of particular registered slaughtering premises has entered into an agreement with the registered proprietor of such premises whereby such registered proprietor agrees to permit such person to use such premises for the purpose of slaughtering animals which are the property of such person and of the kind for the slaughter of which such premises are registered and preparing and packing therein for export the fresh meat and offals derived from such animals the Minister may, upon the application of such person and after consultation with the local slaughterhouse authority (if any) enter in respect of such premises in the register of slaughtering premises in which such premises are registered the full name and address of such person, and a person whose name and address are for the time being so entered in respect of any such premises is in this Act referred to as a registered licensee of such premises.

(2) Every application for registration as a registered licensee under this section shall be in the prescribed form and shall contain the prescribed particulars.

(3) There shall be paid to the Minister by every person applying for registration as a registered licensee under this section the fee of one pound and the payment of such fee shall be a condition precedent to the entertainment of the application by the Minister.

(4) An entry made under this section in any register kept in pursuance of this Part of this Act of any person as registered licensee of premises registered in such register shall be removed from such register on the determination of the agreement in virtue of which such person was entered as registered licensee of such premises.

Licensed exporters.

12. —(1) The Minister may grant, in respect of any premises registered in the register of cattle slaughtering premises, to any person who is either the registered proprietor or a registered licensee of such premises a licence (in this Act referred to as a beef exporter's licence) in the prescribed form to export beef and veal and the offals of cattle.

In this Act the expression “licensed beef exporter” means a person who is for the time being the holder of a beef exporter's licence for the time being in force.

(2) The Minister may grant, in respect of any premises registered in the register of pig slaughtering premises, to any person who is either the registered proprietor or a registered licensee of such premises a licence (in this Act referred to as a pork exporter's licence) in the prescribed form to export pork and the offals of pigs.

In this Act the expression “licensed pork exporter” means a person who is for the time being the holder of a pork exporter's licence for the time being in force.

(3) The Minister may grant, in respect of any premises registered in the register of sheep slaughtering premises, to any person who is either the registered proprietor or a registered licensee of such premises a licence (in this Act referred to as a mutton exporter's licence) in the prescribed form to export mutton and lamb and the offals of sheep.

In this Act the expression “licensed mutton exporter” means a person who is for the time being the holder of a mutton exporter's licence for the time being in force.

(4) The Minister may grant, in respect of any premises registered in the register of horse slaughtering premises, to any person who is either the registered proprietor or a registered licensee of such premises a licence (in this Act referred to as a horse-flesh exporter's licence) in the prescribed form to export horse-flesh and the offals of horses.

In this Act the expression “licensed horse-flesh exporter” means a person who is for the time being the holder of a horseflesh exporter's licence for the time being in force.

(5) The Minister may grant, in respect of any premises registered in the register of goat slaughtering premises, to any person who is either the registered proprietor or a registered licensee of such premises a licence (in this Act referred to as a goat-flesh exporter's licence) in the prescribed form to export goat-flesh and the offals of goats.

In this Act the expression “licensed goat-flesh exporter” means a person who is for the time being the holder of a goat-flesh exporter's licence for the time being in force.

(6) Every application for a licence under this section shall relate to one licence only and shall be in the prescribed form and shall contain the prescribed particulars.

(7) In this Act the expression “exporter's licence” means any licence granted by the Minister under this section, and the expression “licensed exporter” means a person who is for the time being the holder of an exporter's licence for the time being in force.

(8) A certificate, purporting to be under the hand of an officer of the Minister authorised in that behalf by the Minister, that a person named in such certificate is not the holder of an exporter's licence shall be prima facie evidence of the facts so certified and it shall not be necessary to prove the signature of such officer or that he was, in fact, such officer or was so authorised.

Fees on exporter's licences.

13. —(1) On every application for an exporter's licence there shall be paid to the Minister by the applicant a deposit of twelve pounds ten shillings, returnable to the applicant if his application is refused, and the payment of such deposit shall be a condition precedent to the grant of such licence, and upon the grant of such licence the said deposit shall be retained by the Minister and applied in accordance with this section.

(2) Every person who holds or has held an exporter's licence shall, for every half-year during which or any part of which he held one or more exporter's licences, pay to the Minister—

(a) where such person so held either one exporter's licence only or two or more such licences all granted in respect of the same registered slaughtering premises, a fee (in this Act referred to as an exporter's half-yearly fee) computed according to the rules in the Schedule to this Act, or

(b) where such person so held two or more exporter's licences and such licences were not all granted in respect of the same registered slaughtering premises, a fee (in this Act included in the expression “exporter's half-yearly fee”) computed as aforesaid for each registered slaughtering premises in respect of which any one or more of such licences was or were granted.

(3) Every deposit paid under sub-section (1) of this section by an applicant for an exporter's licence shall be allowed as a payment on account of the first exporter's half-yearly fee payable by such applicant after the grant of such licence in respect of the registered slaughtering premises in respect of which such licence is granted, and if such deposit or deposits is or are greater than such fee, the difference shall be allowed as a payment on account of the next exporter's half-yearly fee payable by such applicant in respect of the same registered slaughtering premises.

(4) As soon as may be after the expiration of every half-year the Minister shall ascertain, in respect of every person who during the whole or any part of such half-year held one or more exporter's licences, the amount of the exporter's half-yearly fee or of each of such fees payable by such person for such half-year.

(5) Where all the exporter's licences held by a person in respect of the same registered slaughtering premises are revoked by the Minister under this Act, the exporter's half-yearly fee payable by such person in respect of such premises for the half-year then current, shall, if the Minister so directs, be ascertained immediately upon such revocation and not under the foregoing sub-section.

(6) Where an exporter's licence is held by two or more persons in succession during a half-year, such licence shall, for the purposes of this section and the Schedule to this Act, be deemed to have been held during the whole of such half-year by the person who last holds the same during such half-year and not to have been held by any other person at any time during such half-year.

(7) When and so soon as the amount of any exporter's half-yearly fee has been ascertained under the foregoing provisions of this section, the Minister shall, unless the whole of such fee is discharged by a deposit or deposits required by this section to be allowed as a payment on account thereof, issue a certificate (in this section referred to as a certificate of indebtedness) in the prescribed form certifying the half-year for which such fee is payable, the person by whom and the registered slaughtering premises in respect of which such fee is payable, and the amount of such fee or (where the circumstances so require) the amount payable in respect of such fee after deducting from such fee such sum as is required by this section to be allowed as a payment on account thereof.

(8) Every certificate of indebtedness shall be conclusive evidence of all matters purported to be certified therein and any document purporting to be a certificate of indebtedness issued under this section shall, on production thereof in any proceedings to recover the amount thereby certified to be payable, be deemed until the contrary is proved to be a certificate of indebtedness duly issued under this section and shall be admitted in evidence accordingly.

(9) As soon as may be after the issue of a certificate of indebtedness, a copy thereof shall be served by post on the person thereby certified as liable to pay the fee the subject thereof and immediately upon such service the amount certified by such certificate as payable by such person shall become and be payable by such person to the Minister and shall, after the expiration of four weeks from such service, be recoverable by the Minister as a civil debt in any court of competent jurisdiction.

(10) If a person who is a licensed exporter fails or neglects to pay the amount certified by a certificate of indebtedness to be payable by him within four weeks after the service of a copy of such certificate on him, the Minister may revoke the exporter's licence or all the exporter's licences held by such person in respect of the registered slaughtering premises in relation to which such amount is, payable, but such revocation shall not relieve such person from liability to pay the said amount.

(11) Where an exporter's licence is revoked under the foregoing sub-section of this section and the holder of such licence is also the registered proprietor of the premises in respect of which such licence was granted, the registration of such premises in the register or all the registers in which such premises are registered under this Act shall, by virtue of this sub-section, be cancelled as from the expiration of the year current when the revocation of such licence took place, and such premises shall not be again registered in such register or any of such registers so long as the amount or any part of the amount the non-payment of which occasioned such revocation remains unpaid.

Devolution of licence on death.

14. —Where a licensed exporter dies, the exporter's licence then held by him shall devolve on his legal personal representative as part of his personal estate.

Transfer of exporter's licence.

15. —The Minister may, on the application of a licensed exporter or the legal personal representative of a deceased licensed exporter, transfer the exporter's licence held by such licensed exporter to another person, but an exporter's licence shall not be so transferred to a person who at the date of such transfer is neither the registered proprietor nor the registered licensee of the premises in respect of which such licence was granted.

Rectification and revocation of exporter's licences.

16. —(1) The Minister may at any time alter or revoke an exporter's licence upon the application of the holder of such licence or in the case of an individual, the personal representative or in the case of an incorporated body, the liquidator of the holder of such licence.

(2) The Minister may at any time, without any such application, revoke an exporter's licence if he is satisfied—

(a) that such licence was procured by fraud or by misrepresentation whether fraudulent or innocent; or

(b) that the premises in respect of which such licence was granted—

(i) have, in case such licence is a beef exporter's licence, ceased to be registered in the register of cattle slaughtering premises; or

(ii) have, in case such licence is a pork exporter's licence, ceased to be registered in the register of pig slaughtering premises; or

(iii) have, in case such licence is a mutton exporter's licence, ceased to be registered in the register of sheep slaughtering premises; or

(iv) have, in case such licence is a horse-flesh exporter's licence, ceased to be registered in the register of horse slaughtering premises; or

(v) have, in case such licence is a goat-flesh exporter's licence, ceased to be registered in the register of goat slaughtering premises; or

(c) that the holder of such licence was the registered licensee of the premises in respect of which such licence was granted and has ceased to be such registered licensee; or

(d) that the holder of such licence, if an individual, has died or, if an incorporated body, has been dissolved and that such licence has not been transferred by the Minister under this Act to another person within three months after such death or dissolution; or

(e) that the holder of such licence has been adjudicated a bankrupt; or

(f) that in the opinion of the Minister there has been any contravention (whether by way of commission or omission) of this Act or any regulations made thereunder by the holder of such licence.

(3) Before revoking (otherwise than in accordance with an application in that behalf made under this section) an exporter's licence, the Minister shall give at least one fortnight's notice in writing of his intention so to revoke such licence to the holder thereof or his personal representative (if any) or its liquidator (as the case may be), and shall consider any representations made before the expiration of such notice by such holder or personal representative or liquidator (as the case may be), and may if he thinks fit cause an inquiry to be held in relation to the matter.

(4) A notice of the Minister's intention to revoke or alter an exporter's licence may be served by delivering it to the person to whom it is addressed or by leaving it with a person over sixteen years of age on the registered premises in respect of which such licence was granted or by sending it by registered post to the person to whom it is addressed at his last known place of abode.

(5) Where an exporter's licence has been revoked by the Minister under this section, the Minister may at any time thereafter refuse to grant an exporter's licence to the person who was the holder of such first-mentioned licence immediately before the revocation thereof.

Exporter's permits.

17. —(1) Where owing to special circumstances existing at the time the Minister considers it desirable so to do, he may grant to any person, to whom he could under this Part of this Act grant an exporter's licence to export fresh meat and offals of a particular kind, a permit (in this section referred to as an exporter's permit) to export fresh meat and offals of that kind during such period not exceeding one month as the Minister shall think proper and shall specify in such permit.

(2) Every exporter's permit to export fresh meat and offals of a particular kind shall during the period for which it is granted be deemed for all the purposes of this Act save as otherwise expressly provided to be an exporter's licence to export fresh meat and offals of that kind and this Act shall apply to and have effect in relation to such exporter's permit accordingly.

(3) Section 13 (which relates to fees on exporter's licences) of this Act shall not apply in relation to an exporter's permit.

(4) There shall be paid in respect of every exporter's permit by the holder thereof at the expiration of such permit a fee (in this section referred to as the permit fee) computed by multiplying the appropriate sum as defined by rule 2 of the Schedule to this Act by the number of animals presented under such permit to a veterinary examiner for examination during the period for which such permit was granted, and for the purpose of such computation sub-rule (3) of rule 4 of the Schedule to this Act shall apply in like manner as it applies for the purposes of that rule.

(5) As soon as may be after the expiration of an exporter's permit the Minister shall ascertain and certify the amount of the permit fee payable in respect of such permit and shall issue a certificate (in this section referred to as a certificate of indebtedness) in the prescribed form certifying the person by whom such fee is payable and the amount of such fee.

(6) Every certificate of indebtedness shall be conclusive evidence of all matters purported to be certified therein and any document purporting to be a certificate of indebtedness issued under this section shall, on production thereof in any proceedings to recover the amount thereby certified to be payable, be deemed until the contrary is proved to be a certificate of indebtedness duly issued under this section and shall be admitted in evidence accordingly.

(7) As soon as may be after the issue of a certificate of indebtedness a copy thereof shall be served by post on the person thereby certified as liable to pay the fee the subject thereof and immediately upon such service the amount certified by such certificate as payable by such person shall become and be payable by such person to the Minister and shall, after the expiration of four weeks from such service, be recoverable by the Minister as a civil debt in any court of competent jurisdiction.

Returns by registered proprietors and registered licensees.

18. —(1) The Minister may by order make regulations in relation to all or any of the following matters, that is to say:—

(a) the returns to be made by registered proprietors and registered licensees;

(b) the persons to whom such returns are to be made;

(c) the times at which such returns are to be made;

(d) the forms in which such returns are to be made.

(2) Every person, required by regulations made under this section to make any return, who fails or refuses to make such return in accordance in all respects with such regulations shall be guilty of an offence under this section and shall be liable on summary conviction thereof, in the case of a first offence, to a fine not exceeding ten pounds and, in the case of a second or any subsequent offence, to a fine not exceeding twenty-five pounds.

Records to be kept on registered premises.

19. —(1) It shall be the duty of the registered proprietor of every registered slaughtering premises to keep or cause to be kept in such premises such records as the Minister may, in each individual case, consider satisfactory of all consignments of fresh meat and offals exported from those premises, whether such fresh meat or offals are or are not the property of such registered proprietor, and within twelve hours after the despatch of any such consignment to enter or cause to be entered in such records such particulars as the Minister may require of the fresh meat and offals comprised therein and the name and address of the person to whom and the route by which the same was consigned.

(2) It shall be the duty of every licensed exporter who is not the registered proprietor of the premises in respect of which he is so licensed to keep or cause to be kept in such premises such, records as the Minister may, in each individual case, consider satisfactory of all consignments of fresh meat and offals exported by him or by any other person on his behalf from those premises, and within twelve hours after the despatch of any such consignment to enter or cause to be entered in such records such particulars as the Minister may require of the fresh meat and offals comprised therein and the name and address of the person to whom and the route by which the same was consigned.

(3) It shall be the duty of the registered proprietor of any premises registered in the register of crating premises to keep or cause to be kept in such premises such records as the Minister may, in each individual case, consider satisfactory of all consignments of beef, pork, mutton and lamb crated in such premises, and within twelve hours after the despatch of any such consignment to enter or cause to be entered”in such records such particulars as the Minister may require of the consignment of beef, pork, mutton or lamb comprised therein and the name and address of the exporter and the person to whom and the route by which the same was consigned.

(4) Every record kept in pursuance of this section may be inspected at any time during office hours by an inspector, and it shall be the duty of the person liable under this section to keep such record to produce for the inspection of such inspector on demand such record and also all invoices, consignment notes, receipts and other documents (including copies thereof where the originals are not available) reasonably demanded by such inspector for the purpose of verifying any entry in or explaining any omission from such record.

(5) If any person—

(a) fails to keep or cause to be kept such record as is required by this section to be kept or caused to be kept by him; or

(b) fails to make or cause to be made in such record within the time prescribed by this section any entry required by this section to be made by him therein; or

(c) fails to produce or cause to be produced for inspection by an inspector on demand any record, document, or copy of a document which he is required by this section to produce or obstructs any inspector in the making of such inspection; or

(d) wilfully or negligently makes or causes to be made in such record any entry which is false or misleading in any material particular,

he shall be guilty of an offence under this section and shall be liable on summary conviction thereof to a fine not exceeding twenty pounds.

(6) For the purpose of this section—

(a) inspection of a record or document shall include taking copies thereof or extracts therefrom; and

(b) a demand for inspection of a record or other document shall be deemed to have been duly made to the registered proprietor or licensed exporter (as the case may be) if such demand is made verbally on the registered premises to any person in the employment of the registered proprietor or licensed exporter (as the case may be); and

(c) a refusal or failure to produce a record or other document for inspection, if made or committed on the registered premises, by a person in the employment of the registered proprietor or licensed exporter (as the case may be) shall be deemed to have been made or committed by the registered proprietor or licensed exporter (as the case may be); and

(d) the expression “office hours” means any time between the hours of ten o'clock in the morning and five o'clock in the afternoon during which business is being carried on or work is being done on the registered premises.

Evidence of contents of registers.

20. —(1) Every register kept in pursuance of this Part of this Act shall be—

(a) deemed to be in the proper custody when in the custody of the Minister or of an officer of the Minister authorised in that behalf by the Minister, and

(b) admissible in evidence without further proof, on production from the proper custody.

(2) Prima facie evidence of any entry in any register kept in pursuance of this Part of this Act may be given in any court or any legal proceedings by the production of a copy of such entry purporting to be certified to be a true copy by any officer of the Minister authorised in that behalf, and it shall not be necessary to prove the signature of such officer or that he was in fact such officer or was so authorised.

(3) A certificate, purporting to be under the hand of an officer of the Minister authorised in that behalf by the Minister, that any premises specified in such certificate are not entered in the register specified in such certificate shall be conclusive evidence of the matters so certified, and it shall not be necessary to prove the signature of such officer, or that he was in fact such officer, or was in fact so authorised.

(4) Any person may—

(a) inspect any register kept in pursuance of this Part of this Act on payment of such fee, not exceeding one shilling for each inspection, as shall be prescribed;

(b) obtain a copy certified in manner hereinbefore mentioned to be a true copy- of any entry in any register kept in pursuance of this Part of this Act on payment of such fee, not exceeding sixpence for each folio of seventy-two words of the copy, as may be prescribed;

(c) obtain such certificate as is hereinbefore mentioned that any specified premises are not registered in a specified register kept in pursuance of this Part of this Act on payment of such fee not exceeding two shillings and sixpence for each certificate, as may be prescribed.

Publication of contents of registers, etc.

21. —(1) The Minister may publish in such manner as he may think fit—

(a) all or any of the matters entered in any register kept under this Act, and

(b) notice of any cancellation or alteration of registration in any register kept under this Act, and

(c) notice of the cancellation of an exporter's licence, and

(d) notice of any conviction for an offence against any provision of this Act.

(2) No individual return or part of a return furnished in pursuance of this Act shall be published or disclosed except for the purpose of a prosecution under this Act,

(3) The Minister may, from time to time, collect and publish such statistical information (including statistics derived from returns made pursuant to this Act) with respect to the extent and condition of the trade in fresh meat and offals as he may think fit.

Inspection of registered premises.

22. —(1) Any inspector, veterinary inspector or veterinary examiner shall be entitled (subject to the production by him if so required of his authority in writing as such inspector, veterinary inspector or veterinary examiner) at all reasonable times to enter upon any registered premises or any premises in respect of which an application for registration has been made and to inspect such premises and the plant, machinery, appliances and equipment therein and to observe all or any of the processes used in the business carried on therein.

(2) Any duly authorised officer of a local sanitary authority shall be entitled at all reasonable times to enter upon any registered slaughtering premises situate in the functional area of such authority and to make such inspection therein as may be necessary to satisfy him that the general conditions of cleanliness and suitability of slaughtering premises and the particular conditions of suitability of slaughtering premises applicable to such premises are being complied with.

(3) It shall be the duty of an inspector, veterinary inspector or veterinary examiner who, in the exercise of the powers conferred on him by this section, has inspected any premises to furnish a report in writing to the Minister of any breaches observed by him in such premises (in the case of registered slaughtering premises) of the general conditions of cleanliness and suitability of slaughtering premises and the particular conditions of suitability of slaughtering premises applicable to such premises or (in the case of registered crating premises) of the general conditions of cleanliness and suitability of crating premises.

(4) It shall be the duty of a duly authorised officer of a local sanitary authority who, in the exercise of the powers conferred on him by this section, has inspected any registered slaughtering premises to furnish a report in writing to the Minister of any breaches observed by him in such premises of the general conditions of cleanliness and suitability of slaughtering premises and the particular conditions of suitability of slaughtering premises applicable to such premises.

(5) Every person who obstructs or impedes any inspector, veterinary inspector or veterinary examiner or any duly authorised officer of the local sanitary authority in the exercise of any of the powers conferred on him by this section shall be guilty of an offence under this section and shall be liable on summary conviction thereof to a fine not exceeding five pounds.

(6) Whenever an inspector, veterinary inspector or veterinary examiner or a duly authorised officer of the local sanitary authority reports under this section to the Minister that any registered slaughtering premises do not comply with the general conditions of cleanliness and suitability of slaughtering premises and the particular conditions of suitability of slaughtering premises applicable thereto or an inspector, veterinary inspector, or veterinary examiner reports under this section to the Minister that any registered crating premises do not comply with the general conditions of cleanliness and suitability of crating premises, the Minister may serve a notice in the prescribed form upon the registered proprietor of such premises requiring such registered proprietor to do in the manner and time specified in such notice all or any of the things lawfully specified therein under this section.

(7) A notice served under the foregoing sub-section may require—

(a) that the premises or any specified portion thereof be cleansed;

(b) that the equipment, fittings and appliances or any part thereof be cleansed;

(c) that the premises or any specified portion thereof be put in a state of good repair;

(d) that such structural alterations or additions be made in or to the premises as the notice may specify;

(e) that the equipment, fittings, or the appliances, or any part thereof be put in a state of good repair;

(f) that such improvements or additions as the notice may specify be made in or to the equipment, fittings and appliances used in the premises;

(g) that any cause of contamination or deterioration to which the fresh meat or offals prepared or packed in the premises are exposed be removed or rendered innocuous;

(h) in the case of registered slaughtering premises—

(i) that adequate facilities be provided for the proper disposal of blood, washings and waste;

(ii) that there shall be made available on the premises an adequate supply of good and wholesome water;

(iii) that adequate facilities be provided on or in respect of the premises for the penning and resting of animals before slaughter;

(iv) that there be employed in the slaughtering premises one or more persons skilled in the slaughtering of animals and preparation of carcases and offals.

(8) A notice under this section may be served by delivering the same to the person to whom it is addressed or by leaving the notice on the premises to which it relates or by sending it by registered post to the person to whom it is addressed at the premises to which it relates.

(9) Any person upon whom a notice has been served under this section who fails to comply, in the manner and within the time specified in such notice, with the requirements thereof, and who on the expiration of the time aforesaid continues to carry on in the premises to which such notice relates the business of preparation or packing of fresh meat or offals for export shall be guilty of an offence under this section and shall be liable on summary conviction thereof to a fine not exceeding twenty pounds and to a further fine not exceeding five pounds for every day on which such default continues.

Special provisions where notice requires repair, etc., of premises.

23. —Where a notice served by the Minister under this part of this Act on a registered proprietor of any premises requires such premises or any part thereof to be put in a state of good repair or requires any structural alterations or additions to be made in or to such premises the following provisions shall apply and have, effect, that is to say:—

(a) if the registered proprietor is not the rated occupier of the premises, it shall be the duty of such registered proprietor to communicate the contents of the notice to such rated occupier within three days after the service of the notice, and

(b) if the premises are held by the registered proprietor or by the rated occupier under a lease or other contract of tenancy, it shall be the duty of the registered proprietor to communicate the contents of the notice to the immediate landlord of the premises or his agent within three days after service of the notice, and

(c) the registered proprietor shall, if he has duly complied with the provisions of the foregoing paragraphs of this section so far (if at all) as they are applicable to the case, be at liberty to execute the work required by the notice, notwithstanding any covenant, agreement or condition to the contrary contained in any lease or other contract of tenancy under which the premises are held.

Prohibition of employment of certain persons on registered premises.

24. —(1) The Minister may, after consultation with the Minister for Local Government and Public Health, by order make regulations prohibiting the employment in registered premises of persons suffering from diseases specified in such regulations and contact cases and known carriers of diseases specified in such regulations unless and until such persons, contact cases, and known carriers have been certified by a Medical Officer of Health as free from such diseases.

(2) If any person acts in contravention of any regulations made under this section he shall be guilty of an offence under this section and be liable on summary conviction thereof to a fine not exceeding twenty pounds.

Rectification and cancellation of registration.

25. —(1) The Minister may at any time alter or cancel the registration of any premises under this Part of this Act upon the application in writing in the prescribed form and manner of the registered proprietor or, in the case of an individual, the personal representative or, in the case of an incorporated body, the liquidator of the registered proprietor of such premises.

(2) The Minister may at any time, without any such application as aforesaid, alter the registration of any premises under this Part of this Act in any respect in which such registration appears to him to be erroneous or misleading.

(3) The Minister may, at any time, without any such application as aforesaid, cancel the registration of any premises under this Part of this Act if he is satisfied—

(a) that the registration was procured by fraud or by misrepresentation whether fraudulent or innocent; or

(b) that the premises have ceased to be eligible for registration in the register in which the same are registered; or

(c) that the accommodation and the plant and equipment provided in the premises are insufficient for the volume of business carried on therein; or

(d) that the registered proprietor, if an individual, has died or, if an incorporated body, has; been dissolved and no other person has within one month after such death or dissolution been registered in place of the registered proprietor so dead or dissolved; or

(e) that the registered proprietor has been adjudicated a bankrupt; or

(f) in the case of registered pig slaughtering premises from which pork is exported, that in any period of twelve months commencing on any 1st day of July subsequent to the date on which registration of such premises was granted the volume of the export trade of pork exported from such premises has been less than 1,000 carcases of pigs; or

(g) that in his opinion there has been any contravention (whether by way of commission or omission) of this Act or any regulations made thereunder on the premises; or

(h) that the registered proprietor has been convicted under Section 131 of the Towns Improvement Clauses Act, 1847, or under Sections 132, 133, 134 or 135 of the Public Health (Ireland) Act, 1878, as amended by Section 28 of the Public Health Acts Amendment Act, 1890, of an offence committed on the premises.

(4) Before altering or cancelling (otherwise than in accordance with an application in that behalf made under this section) the registration of any premises under this Part of this Act, the Minister shall give at least one fortnight's notice in writing of his intention so to cancel or alter such registration to the registered proprietor of such premises or his personal representative (if any) or its liquidator (as the case may be) and also to the registered licensees (if any) of such premises and shall consider any representations made before the expiration of such notice by such registered proprietor or personal representative or liquidator (as the case may be) or by any such registered licensee and may, if he thinks fit, cause an inquiry to be held in relation to the matter.

(5) A notice of the Minister's intention to cancel or alter registration of premises under this part of this Act may be served by delivering it to the person to whom it is addressed or by leaving it for him with a person over sixteen years of age on the premises to which it relates or by sending it by post to the person to whom it is addressed at his last known place of abode.

(6) Where the Minister has cancelled under this section the registration of any premises, the Minister may at any time thereafter refuse to register such premises in any register kept in pursuance of this Part of this Act.