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Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Act 2005

Section 3 – Consultation Authorities

10.The Act provides for named Consultation Authorities to have particular functions at various stages in the assessment procedure. These authorities are listed in section 3 and they are the Scottish Ministers, Scottish Environment Protection Agency and Scottish Natural Heritage. Although the Scottish Ministers are named, in practice, it is expected that Historic Scotland will be the part of the Executive to fulfil the Consultation Authority functions conferred on Scottish Ministers.

11.A Consultation Authority will not perform that statutory role in respect of its own plans and programmes.

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