1052. Investigating authorities for areas of archaeological importance.

The Secretary of State or, in relation to Wales, the Welsh Ministers1 may at any time appoint any person2, whom he or they consider to be competent to undertake archaeological investigations3, to exercise in relation to any area of archaeological importance4 the functions conferred5 on the investigating authority6 for such an area7. A person's appointment as investigating authority may be cancelled at any time by the Secretary of State or, as appropriate, the Welsh Ministers8. On appointing or cancelling the appointment of any person as investigating authority for an area of archaeological importance, the Secretary of State or the