744. Directions and functions in respect of international relations.

After consultation with the Civil Aviation Authority ('CAA')1, the Secretary of State2 may give the CAA directions to do a particular thing which it has power to do, or to refrain from doing a particular thing, if the Secretary of State considers it appropriate to give such directions3:


    (1)     in the interests of national security4;


    (2)     in connection with any matter appearing to him to affect the relations of the United Kingdom5 with a country or territory outside the United Kingdom6;


    (3)     in order to discharge or facilitate the discharge of an obligation binding on the United Kingdom by