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5 Codes of practice with respect to environmental and recreational duties.E+W

(1)The Secretary of State may by order approve any code of practice issued (whether by him or by another person) for the purpose of—

(a)giving practical guidance to relevant undertakers with respect to any of the matters for the purposes of which sections 3 and 4 above have effect; and

(b)promoting what appear to him to be desirable practices by such undertakers with respect to those matters,

and may at any time by such an order approve a modification of such a code or withdraw his approval of such a code or modification.

(2)A contravention of a code of practice as for the time being approved under this section shall not of itself constitute a contravention of any requirement imposed by section 3 or 4 above or give rise to any criminal or civil liability; but the Secretary of State F1. . . shall F2. . . be under a duty to take into account whether there has been or is likely to be any such contravention in determining when and how he should exercise his powers in relation to any relevant undertaker by virtue of this Act, any of the other consolidation Acts or the M1Water Act 1989.

(3)The power of the Secretary of State to make an order under this section shall be exercisable by statutory instrument subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

(4)The Secretary of State shall not make an order under this section unless he has first consulted—

(a)[F3the Environment Agency];

(b)the [F4Natural England] and the Countryside Council for Wales;

(c)the Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England;

(d)the Sports Council and the Sports Council for Wales; and

(e)such relevant undertakers and other persons as he considers it appropriate to consult.

(5)In this section “the other consolidation Acts” means the M2Water Resources Act 1991, the M3Statutory Water Companies Act 1991, the M4Land Drainage Act 1991 and the M5Water Consolidation (Consequential Provisions) Act 1991.

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