1047. Designation by the Secretary of State or the Welsh Ministers of archaeological areas.

The Secretary of State or, in relation to Wales, the Welsh Ministers1 may from time to time by order2 designate as an area of archaeological importance3 any area which appears to him or them to merit treatment as such for the purposes of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 19794. Before making such a designation order the Secretary of State or the Welsh Ministers must: (1) consult5 each of the local authorities concerned6 (and the Secretary of State must also consult with the Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England ('the Commission'))7; and (2) publish notice of the