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37 Restrictions on granting of certain authorisations.S

(1)[F1Except as mentioned in subsection (1A) below,] [F2SNH] shall not grant an authorisation under any of sections 5(6) or (7), 18(2) or 19(2) of this Act (in subsections (2) to (5) below referred to as an “authorisation”) unless [F3it is] satisfied that the person concerned is a fit and competent person to receive an authorisation under that provision.

[F4(1A)Subsection (1) above does not apply to an authorisation under section 5(6) of this Act to any of the following persons to take or kill, for the purpose of preventing any damage mentioned in section 5(6)(a), any deer found on land falling within section 26(1)(a) or (b) of this Act (“section 26 land”)—

(a)the occupier of the section 26 land; or

(b)if authorised by the occupier—

(i)the owner of the section 26 land;

(ii)an employee of the owner; or

(iii)an employee of the occupier, or any other person normally resident on, the section 26 land.]

(2)An authorisation shall—

(a)be in writing; and

(b)specify the duration of its validity.

[F5(2A) For the purposes of subsection (2) above, an authorisation may be by electronic communication (as defined in section 15(1) of the Electronic Communications Act 2000 (c. 7) ), which has been recorded and is consequently capable of being reproduced. ]

(3)No authorisation shall be granted under section 18(2) or 19(2) of this Act unless a relevant code of practice has been published under subsection (5) below, and any such authorisation shall contain a condition that the person concerned shall comply with the relevant provisions of any such code.

(4)An authorisation may contain such conditions, other than that mentioned in subsection (3) above, as [F2SNH]n [F6thinks] fit.

(5)[F2SNH] shall prepare and publish, and from time to time revise, a code of practice for—

(a)night shooting; and

(b)the use of vehicles for the purposes of deer management, within the meaning of section 19(2) of this Act,

to which [F7it] shall have regard when exercising [F7its] power under section 18(2) or, as the case may be, section 19(2) of this Act.

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