6(1)The requirements of this paragraph apply where an enforcing authority has decided to vary an authorisation under section 10 and is of the opinion that any action to be taken by the holder of the authorisation in consequence of the variation will involve a substantial change in the manner in which the process is being carried on.
(2)Subject to sub-paragraph (3) below, the enforcing authority shall give notice of the action to be taken by the holder of the authorisation to the persons who are prescribed or directed to be consulted under this paragraph and shall do so within the specified period for notification; and the holder shall advertise the action in the manner prescribed in regulations made by the Secretary of State.
(3)The Secretary of State may, by regulations, exempt any class of variation from all or any of the requirements of this paragraph or exclude any class of information relating to action to be taken by holders of authorisations from all or any of those requirements, in all cases or as respects specified classes only of persons to be consulted.
(4)Any representations made by the persons so consulted within the period allowed shall be considered by the enforcing authority in taking its decision.
(5)For the purposes of sub-paragraph (2) above—
(a)persons are prescribed to be consulted on any description of variation if they are persons specified for the purposes of variations of that description in regulations made by the Secretary of State;
(b)persons are directed to be consulted on any particular variation if the Secretary of State specifies them in a direction given to the enforcing authority;
and the “specified period for notification” is the period specified in the regulations or in the direction.
(6)Any representations made by any other persons within the period allowed shall also be considered by the enforcing authority in taking its decision.
(7)Subject to sub-paragraph (8) below, the period allowed for making representations is—
(a)in the case of persons prescribed or directed to be consulted, the period of twenty-eight days beginning with the date on which notice was given under sub-paragraph (2) above, and
(b)in the case of other persons, the period of twenty-eight days beginning with the date of the advertisement under sub-paragraph (2) above.
(8)The Secretary of State may, by order, substitute for the period for the time being specified in sub-paragraph (7)(a) or (b) above, such other period as he considers appropriate.
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