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Scottish Statutory Instruments

2011 No. 368

Environmental Protection

The Water Environment (Relevant Enactments and Designation of Responsible Authorities and Functions) (Scotland) Order 2011

Made

25th October 2011

Laid before the Scottish Parliament

27th October 2011

Coming into force

1st December 2011

The Scottish Ministers make the following Order in exercise of the powers conferred by section 2(8) of the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003(1) and all other powers enabling them to do so.

Citation, commencement and interpretation

1.—(1) This Order may be cited as the Water Environment (Relevant Enactments and Designation of Responsible Authorities and Functions) (Scotland) Order 2011 and comes into force on 1st December 2011.

(2) In this Order, “the Act” means the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003.

Specification of relevant enactments

2.  The enactments referred to in Schedule 1 are specified as relevant enactments for the purposes of section 2 of the Act(2).

Designation of responsible authorities and functions

3.—(1) The public bodies and office holders referred to in column 1 of Schedule 2 are designated as responsible authorities for the purposes of Part 1 of the Act.

(2) The functions conferred upon each responsible authority by the enactments shown in column 2 of Schedule 2 are, insofar as they relate to the water environment, specified as designated functions of that authority for the purposes of Part 1 of the Act.

Revocation

4.  The Water Environment (Relevant Enactments and Designation of Responsible Authorities and Functions) Order 2008(3) is revoked.

STEWART STEVENSON

Authorised to sign by the Scottish Ministers

St Andrew’s House,

Edinburgh

25th October 2011

Article 2

SCHEDULE 1

  • Coast Protection Act 1949(4).

  • Roads (Scotland) Act 1984(5).

  • Natural Heritage (Scotland) Act 1991(6).

  • The Protection of Water Against Agricultural Nitrate Pollution (Scotland) Regulations 1996(7).

  • Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997(8).

  • Water Industry (Scotland) Act 2002(9).

  • The Environmental Impact Assessment (Agriculture) (Scotland) Regulations 2006(10).

  • Transport and Works (Scotland) Act 2007(11).

  • Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Act 2007(12).

  • The Bathing Waters (Scotland) Regulations 2008(13).

  • The Aquatic Animal Health (Scotland) Regulations 2009(14).

  • The Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009(15).

  • The Marine (Scotland) Act 2010(16).

  • The Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2011(17).

Article 3

SCHEDULE 2

Public bodies and office holders

Enactments

Reference

Councils constituted under section 2 of the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994(18)The Coast Protection Act 19491949 c.74
The Civic Government (Scotland) Act 19821982 c.45
The Roads (Scotland) Act 19841984 c.54
The Environmental Protection Act 19901990 c.43
The Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 19971997 c.8.
The Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 20092009 asp 6
The Bathing Waters (Scotland) Regulations 2008S.S.I. 2008/170
Scottish WaterThe Sewerage (Scotland) Act 19681968 c.47
The Water (Scotland) Act 19801980 c.45
The Water Industry (Scotland) Act 20022002 asp 3
The Urban Waste Water Treatment (Scotland) Regulations 1994S.I. 1994/2842
Scottish Natural HeritageThe Natural Heritage (Scotland) Act 19911991 c.28
The Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 20042004 asp 6
The Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 1994S.I. 1994/2716
National Park authorities established by order under section 6 of the National Parks (Scotland) Act 2000(19)The National Parks (Scotland) Act 20002000 asp 10
District Salmon Fishery Boards constituted in terms of section 43 of the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 2003(20)The Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 20032003 asp 15
The British Waterways BoardThe Transport Act 19621962 c.46
The British Waterways Act 19951995 c.i
The Forestry Commissioners continued in existence by section 1(1) of the Forestry Act 1967(21)The Forestry Act 19671967 c.10

EXPLANATORY NOTE

(This note is not part of the Order)

This Order specifies the enactments set out in Schedule 1 as relevant enactments for the purposes of section 2 of the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003 (“the Act”).

The effect of specification is to require the Scottish Ministers and SEPA to exercise their functions under those enactments so as to secure compliance with the requirements of Directive 2000/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23rd October 2000 establishing a framework for Community action in the field of water policy(22) and to act in accordance with the requirements of section 2(4) of the Act.

This Order also designates certain public bodies and office-holders as responsible authorities for the purposes of Part 1 of the Act. Article 3(1) of the Order designates the bodies and office-holders set out in column 1 of Schedule 2 for this purpose.

The functions of those bodies and office-holders which are conferred by the enactments set out in column 2 of Schedule 2, and which relate to the water environment, are specified by Article 3(2) of the Order as designated functions for the purposes of Part 1 of the Act.

(2)

Section 2 imposes duties on the Scottish Ministers and SEPA with regard to the exercise of their functions under the enactments specified in Schedule 1 to this Order; insofar as such enactments confer functions upon a Minister of the Crown, which are exercisable within devolved competence, such functions were transferred to the Scottish Ministers by virtue of section 53 of the Scotland Act 1998 (c.46).

(18)

1994 c.39; section 2 was amended by the Environment Act 1995 (c.25), Schedule 22, paragraph 232(1).

(19)

2000 asp 10; The Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Authority was established by The Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Designation, Transitional and Consequential Provisions (Scotland) Order 2002 (S.S.I. 2002/201). The Cairngorms National Park Authority was established by the Cairngorms National Park Designation Transitional and Consequential Provisions (Scotland) Order 2003 (S.S.I. 2003/1).

(21)

1967 c.10.

(22)

O.J. No L 327, 22.12.2000, p.1; amended by decision 2455/2001/EC of the European Parliament and the Council of 20th November 2001 establishing the list of priority substances in the field of water policy and amending Directive 2000/60/EC (O.J. No. L 331, 15.12.2001, p.1).

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