Returns (Jersey) Law 1947
A LAW to facilitate the preparation of statistics
relating to agriculture in Jersey
1 Interpretation and application
this Law –
includes any land used as grazing, meadow or pasture land, or orchard, and any
land used wholly or mainly for the purpose of the trade or business of a
market-gardener or nurseryman;
“Minister” means the Minister for Economic Development,
Tourism, Sport and Culture.
Law shall not apply in any case where the total area of the agricultural land
occupied by a person is less than one vergée.
2 Requirement of returns
Minister may, whenever he or she thinks fit so to do, require every occupier of
agricultural land, or the person having the management of agricultural land on
behalf of the occupier thereof, to furnish, in such form and manner and to such
person and within such time as may be specified in the requirement, a return in
writing showing, with respect to such date or dates or such period or periods
as may be so specified –
(a) the area of land in
cultivation, stating the several areas planted in the crops specified in the
(b) the areas of
uncultivated land and of land for grazing;
(c) the livestock on the
(d) the agricultural
equipment in the occupier’s or person’s possession for use on the
(e) the numbers of persons
employed by the occupier or person in regular and casual employment
the occupier is also the owner of the land, that fact shall be stated in the
Minister may require any person furnishing a return in pursuance of this
Article to give such information and explanations respecting the return as the
Minister thinks necessary.
3 Use of returns
No individual return or part of a return made under this Law shall
be used, published or disclosed, without the authority of the person making it
or of the occupier on whose behalf it is made, except –
the purposes of the preparation by the Minister of agricultural statistics and
the publication thereof;
the purposes of a prosecution under this Law; or
the purposes authorized by Article 4(5) of the Agricultural Marketing (Jersey) Law 1953.
4 Service of notices
Any notice under this Law may be served on the person to whom it is
addressed either personally or by post and, in the case of a notice to an
occupier, by addressing it to the person by the description of “occupier” of the premises
(naming them) to which it relates.
person required to make a return under this Law who fails to make the return
within the time within which the person is required to make the return or, on
being so required, fails to give any information or explanation respecting the
return which it is in the person’s power to give, or who makes a return
or gives any information or explanation which is to his or her knowledge untrue
in any material particular, shall be liable –
(a) for a first offence, to
a fine of level 1 on the standard scale;
(b) for a second or
subsequent offence, to imprisonment for a term of one
month and to a fine of level 2 on the standard scale.
person who uses, publishes or discloses contrary to the provisions of this Law
any individual return or part of a return shall be liable to a fine of
level 3 on the standard scale and, if the Court is of the opinion that the
offence was committed wilfully, to imprisonment for a term of 3 months.
This Law may be cited as the Agricultural Returns (Jersey) Law 1947.