§ ORDERS RELATING TO SPREAD OF PESTS
§ Lords amendment: No. 100, after the words last inserted, insert:
"I. The following subsections shall be substituted for sections 3(4) of the Plant Health Act 1967 (control of spread of pests in Great Britain)—
"(4) An order made by a competent authority under this section may provide that a person guilty of an offence against the order shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine of an amount not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale, as defined in section [Construction of references to "the standard scale"] of the Criminal Justice Act 1982, or not exceeding a lesser amount.
(4A) An order so made for preventing the spread in Great Britain of the Colorado beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata (Say)) may provide that a person guilty of an offence against the order relating to the keeping of living specimens of the beetle (in any stage of existence), or to the distribution in any manner of such specimens, shall be liable on summary conviction to imprisonment for not more than three months, as well as, or as an alternative to, a fine under subsection (4) above."
§ Mr. Mayhew
I beg to move, That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said amendment.
The amendment increases to — 1,000 the penalty under section 3(4) of the Plant Health Act 1967 for contravening an order made for preventing the spread in Great Britain of the Colorado beetle.
§ Question put and agreed to.