320 Local inquiries
320 Local inquiries

(1)     The Secretary of State [or the Welsh Ministers] may cause a local inquiry to be held for the purposes of the exercise of any of his [or their] functions under any of the provisions of this Act.

(2)     Subsections (2) to (5) of section 250 of the Local Government Act 1972 (local inquiries: evidence and costs) apply to an inquiry [caused to be held under this section by the Secretary of State; and subsections (2) and (3) of that section apply to an inquiry caused to be held under this section by the Welsh Ministers].

[(3)     In its application by subsection (2) to an inquiry [caused to be held by the Secretary of State], section 250(4) of that Act has effect as if—