1068. Protection of sites of historic wrecks.

If the Secretary of State or, in relation to Wales, the Welsh Ministers1, as the case may be, are satisfied with respect to any site in United Kingdom waters2 that:


    (1)     it is, or may prove to be, the site of a vessel lying wrecked on or in the sea bed3; and


    (2)     on account of the historical, archaeological or artistic importance of the vessel, or of any objects contained or formerly contained in it which may be lying on the sea bed in or near the wreck, the site ought to be protected from unauthorised interference4,

he or they