465. General duty of authorities.

In exercising their functions so far as their exercise is likely to affect the flora, fauna or geological or physiographical features by reason of which a site of special scientific interest1 is of special interest2, the following authorities:

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    (1)     a Minister of the Crown3, or a government department4;

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    (2)     the Welsh Ministers5;

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    (3)     a local authority6;

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    (4)     a person holding an office:

    1.  

      (a)     under the Crown;

    2.  

      (b)     created or continued in existence by a public general Act of Parliament; or

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