1044. Acquisition of ancient monuments by agreement or gift.

1044.     Acquisition of ancient monuments by agreement or gift.

The Secretary of State (after consulting the Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England ('the Commission')1) or, in relation to Wales, the Welsh Ministers2 may acquire by agreement any ancient monument3, as may any local authority4 in respect of any ancient monument situated in or in the vicinity of its area5. Similarly, the Secretary of State (after consulting the Commission) or, in relation to Wales, the Welsh Ministers, or any local authority may accept a gift, whether by deed or will, of