Consideration of licence applications

8.—(1) In considering an application for an explosives licence or for any alteration in the terms of an existing licence, the Secretary of State shall take account of any comments or objections received by him pursuant to paragraphs 3 and 5 of Schedule 6 and may reject the application altogether or may grant the licence or amending licence which may be subject to such conditions as he thinks fit and any such licence or amending licence may be with or without limit of time and may be varied or revoked in writing at any time.

(2) Nothing in paragraph (1) shall prevent the Secretary of State from granting a provisional explosives licence or a provisional amending licence in cases of urgency and any such licence or amending licence may have effect for a period of up to 6 months from the date on which it was granted unless revoked in writing by the Secretary of State before its date of expiry.