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55Crown applicationS

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(1)Parts 1 and 2 and this Part bind the Crown.

(2)The amendments and repeals of enactments made by schedule 7 bind the Crown to the same extent as the enactments amended or repealed.

(3)Part 2 applies to Crown land with the following modifications.

(4)Byelaws made by virtue of section 20 may apply to Crown land only if the appropriate authority consents.

(5)No order may be made under section 23 or 30 in relation to Crown land unless the appropriate authority has consented to the making of the order.

(6)An interest in Crown land, other than one held by or on behalf of the Crown, may be acquired under section 39, but only with the consent of the appropriate authority.

(7)No contravention by the Crown of any provision made by or under Part 2 makes the Crown criminally liable; but the Court of Session may, on the application of any public body or office-holder having responsibility for enforcing that provision, declare unlawful any act or omission of the Crown which constitutes such a contravention.

(8)Despite subsection (7), any provision made by or under Part 2 applies to persons in the public service of the Crown as it applies to other persons.

(9)In this section “Crown land” means land an interest in which belongs to Her Majesty in right of the Crown, to an office-holder in the Scottish Administration or to a government department, or which is held in trust for Her Majesty for the purposes of the Scottish Administration or a government department.

(10)In this section “the appropriate authority”, in relation to any land—

(a)in the case of land belonging to Her Majesty in right of the Crown and forming part of the Crown Estate, means the Crown Estate Commissioners,

(b)in the case of any other land belonging to Her Majesty in right of the Crown, means the office-holder in the Scottish Administration or, as the case may be, government department having the management of the land [F1or the relevant person] ,

(c)in the case of land belonging to an office-holder in the Scottish Administration or to a government department or held in trust for Her Majesty for the purposes of the Scottish Administration or a government department, means that office-holder or government department.

[F2(10A)In subsection (10), “relevant person”, in relation to any land to which section 90B(5) of the Scotland Act 1998 applies, means the person who manages that land.]

(11)It is for the Scottish Ministers to determine any question which arises as to who is the appropriate authority in relation to any land, and their decision is final.

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I1S. 55 in force at 29.11.2004 by S.S.I. 2004/495, art. 2

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