Fisheries (Amendment) Act 1997

General policy directives.

62

62. (1) The Minister may from time to time issue such general directives as to policy in relation to aquaculture as the Minister considers necessary and the licensing authority shall, in performing its functions, have regard to any such directives.

(2) Nothing in this section shall be construed as enabling the Minister to exercise any power or control in relation to a particular case with which the Board or an officer to whom functions have been delegated under section 21 (1) is or may be concerned.

(3) Where the Minister gives a directive under subsection (1), the following provisions shall apply:

( a) as soon as practicable after issuing it the Minister shall cause a copy of the directive to be laid before each House of the Oireachtas;

( b) the directive shall be published in Iris Oifigiúil; and

( c) the Minister shall cause a copy of the directive to be sent to the Board and to each officer, if any, to whom a function has been delegated under section 21(1) .

(4) The Minister may amend or revoke a directive under this section and subsection (3), with the necessary modifications, shall apply as if the amendment or revocation were a directive under subsection (1).