30 Meaning of “competent authority”
30 Meaning of “competent authority”

(1)     In this Part, “competent authority” means—

(a)     a person specified or described in Schedule 7, and

(b)     any other person if and to the extent that the person has statutory functions for any of the law enforcement purposes.

(2)     But an intelligence service is not a competent authority within the meaning of this Part.

(3)     The Secretary of State may by regulations amend Schedule 7—

(a)     so as to add or remove a person or description of person;

(b)     so as to reflect any change in the name of a person specified in the Schedule.

(4)     Regulations under subsection (3) which make provision of the kind described in subsection (3)(a) may also make consequential amendments of section 73(4)(b).