129Duty to review seal licensing regimeS
(1)The Scottish Ministers must review and publish a report on the operation of the seal licensing regime—
(a)within 5 years of section 110 coming into force, and
(b)within each subsequent period of 5 years beginning with the publication of a report.
(2)When carrying out a review, the Scottish Ministers must—
(a)have regard to such scientific evidence on seal biology, welfare and behaviour, and on such other matters, as they consider relevant, and
(b)consult the Natural Environment Research Council and such other persons as they consider appropriate.
(3)The Scottish Ministers must have regard to their most recent report when performing functions under the seal licensing regime.
(4)In this section, “seal licensing regime” means the provisions of this Part relating to seal licences.