824. Venue and consent to proceedings.

If necessary, for the purpose of bringing the offence within the field of responsibility of any enforcing authority1, or conferring jurisdiction on any court to entertain proceedings for the offence, an offence under any of the relevant statutory provisions2, committed in connection with any plant3 or substance4, may be treated as having been committed at the place where that plant or substance is for the time being5.

Proceedings for an offence under any of the relevant statutory provisions may not be instituted except by an inspector6, the Environment Agency7 or the Natural Resources Body for Wales ('NRBW')8 or by or