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2 Metrication of measurements.E+W+S

(1)The M1Forestry Act 1967 is amended as shown in Schedule 1 to this Act (the amendments being substitute metric units of measurement throughout the Act).

(2)[F1The appropriate authority] may by regulations amend enactments to which this subsection applies so as to substitute—

(a)for any reference to a number of acres, a reference to a number of hectares;

(b)for any reference to a number of feet, a reference to a number of metres; and

(c)for any requirement that plans be made on the scale of 3 chains to an inch, a requirement that they be made on the scale of 1 : 2,500;

and for this purpose “number” includes a number less than unity.

(3)Subsection (2) applies to any enactment contained in an Act (whether public general, local or private) relating to particular forest lands in England and Wales.

(4)[F2Before any such regulations are made by the Welsh Ministers, they] shall consult such persons and organisations as appear to them to be representative of interests likely to be affected.

(5)The regulations—

(a)may contain such incidental, supplementary and consequential provisions (if any) as [F3the appropriate authority] consider expedient; and

(b)shall be made by statutory instrument subject to annulment by resolution of either House of Parliament[F4(in the case of regulations made by the Forestry Commissioners) or of the National Assembly for Wales (in the case of regulations made by the Welsh Ministers)].

[F5(6)In this section “the appropriate authority” means—

(a)in relation to England, the Forestry Commissioners;

(b)in relation to Wales, the Welsh Ministers.]

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F2Words in s. 2(4) substituted (26.5.2015) by Deregulation Act 2015 (c. 20), s. 115(3)(l), Sch. 22 para. 6

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C1The text of s. 2(1) is in the form in which it was originally enacted: it was not reproduced in Statutes in Force and does not reflect any amendments or repeals which may have been made prior to 1.2.1991.

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