Section 74 – Power to vary or revoke orders to protect European marine sites
290.Section 74 of the Act introduces a new section 5E into the 1967 Act. Section 5E(2) enables the Welsh Ministers to vary or revoke a several or regulating order in certain circumstances. Section 5E(1) provides that the power in subsection (2) is only available where the Welsh Ministers have served a SPN, which has not been cancelled (by the Welsh Minister or the First-tier Tribunal) and no appeal is pending in relation to that SPN (the meaning of a pending appeal is further described at section 5E(4)). Once those conditions have been met, subsection (2) then enables the Welsh Ministers to vary or revoke the relevant several or regulating shellfishery order in order to reflect the effect of the SPN. Subsection (3) sets out the relevant consultation requirements.
291.The provisions of section 5E will not apply in relation to any shellfishery Order made under section 1 of the 1967 Act before Part 5 of the Act comes into force (see section 5F(3) of the 1967 Act, inserted by section 75 of the Act).