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Oil and Gas (Enterprise) Act 1982

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22Application of criminal law etc.

(1)Her Majesty may by Order in Council provide that,

in such cases and subject to such exceptions as may be prescribed by the Order, any act or omission which—

(a)takes place on, under or above an installation in waters to which this section applies or any waters within five hundred metres of any such installation; and

(b)would, if taking place in any part of the United Kingdom, constitute an offence under the law in force in that part,

shall be treated for the purposes of that law as taking place in that part.

(2)Her Majesty may by Order in Council provide that, in such cases and subject to such exceptions as may be prescribed by the Order, a constable shall on, under or above any installation in waters to which this section applies or any waters within five hundred metres of such an installation have all the powers, protection and privileges which he has in the area for which he acts as constable. This subsection is without prejudice to any other enactment or rule of law affording any power, protection or privilege to constables.

(3)Subsections (7) and (8) of section 21 above shall apply in relation to anything that is an offence by virtue of an Order in Council under this section as they apply in relation to an offence under that section.

(4)The waters to which this section applies are—

(a)territorial waters of the United Kingdom ;

(b)waters in any area designated under section 1(7) of the 1964 Act; and

(c)waters in any area specified under subsection (5) below.

(5)Her Majesty may from time to time by Order in Council specify any area which—

(a)is in a foreign sector of the continental shelf ; and

(b)comprises any part of a cross-boundary field,

as an area as respects which the powers conferred by this section and section 23 below are exercisable.

(6)In this section—

  • " cross-boundary field " means a field that extends across the boundary between an area designated under section 1(7) of the 1964 Act and a foreign sector of the continental shelf;

  • " field " means a geological structure identified as such by Order in Council under subsection (5) above.

(7)This section and section 23 below shall apply to installations notwithstanding that they are for the time being in transit.

(8)Section 3 of the 1964 Act (which is superseded by this section and section 23 below) shall cease to have effect

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