European Communities (Termination of Fees on Exported Butter) Regulations, 1977 [S.I. No. 281 of 1977].
An Roinn Talmhaíochta.
I am directed by Mr. Mark Clinton, T.D., Chairman of the Joint Committee on the Secondary Legislation of the European Communities, to refer to the European Communities (Termination of Fees on Exported Butter) Regulations, 1977 [S.I. No. 281 of 1977] which will be considered by the Joint Committee in the near future.
I am to request you to state, for the information of the Joint Committee, why it is considered that Article 13 and not Article 16 of the EEC Treaty and Article 36 and not Article 37 of the Act of Accession apply to fees governed by subsections (3) and (4) of section 6 of the Dairy Produce (Amendment) Act, 1941.
I am also to enquire what action has been taken in regard to any such fees collected between 1st January, 1974 and 30th August, 1977.
M. G. KILROY,
Cléireach an Chomhchoiste.
5 Eanáir, 1978.
Comhchoiste faoi Reachtaíocht
Thánaisteach na gComhphobal Eorpach.
I am directed by the Minister for Agriculture to refer to the Joint Committee’s minute of 5 Eanáir regarding the European Communities (Termination of Fees on Exported Butter) Regulations, 1977 and to state that the purpose of these Regulations is to abolish a fee payable on certain butter exports by manufacturers and exporters. The fees totalled only about £500 per annum. Pursuant to the Regulations the last fee charged was in respect of the calendar year 1976. The Attorney General’s Office has advised that although (as the Chairman of the Committee has pointed out) the articles of the EEC Treaty and the Act of Accession to which the Regulations refer are not the appropriate ones, this error does not affect the validity of the Regulations.
The fees collected between 1 January 1974 and 30 August 1977 have been lodged to the Exchequer.
21 Márta, 1978.