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Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006

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  1. Introduction

  2. Summary

  3. Background

  4. The Act

    1. Part 1: Natural England and the Commission for Rural Communities

    2. Part 2: Nature conservation in the UK

    3. Part 3: Wildlife

    4. Part 4: Sites of special scientific interest

    5. Part 5: National Parks and the Broads

    6. Part 6: Rights of way

    7. Part 7: Inland waterways

    8. Part 8: Flexible administrative arrangements

    9. Part 9: Miscellaneous

    10. Part 10: Final provisions

  5. Territorial Extent

  6. Commentary on Sections

    1. Part 1: Natural England and the Commission for Rural Communities

      1. Chapter 1: Natural England

        1. Constitution and general purpose

          1. Section 1: Constitution

          2. Section 2: General purpose

        2. Advisory functions

          1. Section 3: Review and research

          2. Section 4: Advice

        3. General implementation powers

          1. Section 5: Carrying out proposals

          2. Section 7: Management agreements

          3. Section 8: Experimental schemes

        4. Other functions

          1. Sections 9 and 10: Information, consultancy and training services

          2. Section 11: Power to charge for services and licences

          3. Section 12: Power to bring criminal proceedings

          4. Section 13: Incidental powers

        5. Powers of Secretary of State

          1. Section 15: Guidance

          2. Section 16: Directions

      2. Chapter 2: Commission for Rural Communities

        1. The Commission and its general purpose

          1. Section 17: Commission for Rural Communities

          2. Section 18: Commission’s general purpose

        2. Functions

          1. Section 19: Representation, advice and monitoring

          2. Section 20: Research

          3. Section 21: Information services

          4. Section 22: Power to charge for services

          5. Section 23: Incidental powers

        3. Powers of Secretary of State

          1. Section 24: Grants

          2. Section 25: Directions

      3. Chapter 3: Supplementary

        1. Transfer schemes

          1. Section 26: Transfers on dissolution of English Nature and Countryside Agency

          2. Section 27: Continuing powers to make transfer schemes

          3. Section 29: Interim arrangements

    2. Part 2: Nature Conservation in the UK

      1. Joint Nature Conservation Committee

        1. Section 31: Joint Nature Conservation Committee

        2. Section 32: UK conservation bodies

        3. Section 33: Purpose of functions under this Part

      2. Coordinated functions

        1. Section 34: Functions of national or international significance

        2. Section 35: Advice from joint committee to UK conservation body

        3. Section 36: GB functions with respect to wildlife

      3. Directions

        1. Section 38: Directions

    3. Part 3: Wildlife

      1. Biodiversity

        1. Section 40: Duty to conserve biodiversity

        2. Section 41: Biodiversity lists and action (England)

        3. Section 42: Biodiversity lists and action (Wales)

      2. Pesticides harmful to wildlife

        1. Section 43: Possession of pesticides harmful to wildlife

        2. Section 44: Enforcement powers in connection with pesticides

        3. Section 45 Codes of Practice

        4. Section 46: Interpretation

      3. Protection of birds

        1. Section 47: Protection of nests of certain birds which re-use their nests

        2. Section 48: Birds released into the wild as part of a re-population programme

        3. Section 49: Registration of certain captive birds

      4. Invasive non-native species

        1. Section 50: Sale of invasive non-native species

        2. Section 51: Codes of practice in connection with invasive non-native species

      5. Enforcement of provisions relating to wildlife

        1. Section 52: Enforcement powers in connection with wildlife

    4. Part 1 of Schedule 5 - Amendments of the 1981 Act

      1. Police powers enhanced

      2. Wildlife inspector powers enhanced

    5. Part 2 of Schedule 5 – Enforcement of four other Acts

    6. Part 3 of Schedule 5 – Codes of Practice

    7. Part 4 of Schedule 5 – Constable’s search warrant power extended to certain other Acts

      1. Section 53: Wildlife offences: time limit for proceedings

      2. Section 54: Application of Part 1 of the 1981 Act to Crown

    8. Part 4: Sites of special scientific interest ()

      1. Section 55: Offences in connection with

      2. Section 56: Denotification

      3. Section 57: Effect of failure to serve certain notices

      4. Section 58: Notices and signs relating to

    9. Part 5: National Parks and the Broads

      1. Section 59: Criteria for designating National Parks

      2. Section 60: Procedure for orders designating National Parks

      3. Section 61: Members of National Park authorities

      4. Section 62: Expenditure by National Park authorities

      5. Section 63: Notification of agricultural operations on moor and heath in National Parks

      6. Section 64: Functions of Broads Authority and others in relation to the Broads

      7. Section 65: Emergency financial assistance

    10. Part 6: Rights of way

      1. Section 66: Restriction on creation of new public rights of way

      2. Section 67: Ending of certain existing unrecorded public rights of way

      3. Section 66: Presumed dedication of restricted byways and use by pedal cycles

      4. Section 67: Presumed dedication and applications under section 53(5) of the 1981 Act

      5. Section 70: Supplementary

      6. Section 71: Interpretation

      7. Section 72: Traffic regulation on byways in National Parks in England and Wales

    11. Part 7: Inland Waterways

      1. Section 73: Inland Waterways Advisory Council

      2. Section 74: Constitution of Council

      3. Section 75: Term of office, procedure

      4. Section 76:  Functions of Council: England and Wales

      5. Section 77: Functions of Council: Scotland

    12. Part 8: Flexible administrative arrangements

      1. Chapter 1: Agreements with designated bodies

        1. Powers to enter into agreements

          1. Section 78: Agreement between Secretary of State and designated body

          2. Section 79: Agreement between designated bodies

          3. Section 80: Designated bodies

          4. Section 81: Reserved functions

          5. Section 82: Maximum duration of agreement

          6. Section 83: Particular powers

          7. Section 84: Agreements with local authorities

          8. Section 85: Supplementary provisions with respect to agreements

      2. Chapter 2: Powers to reform agricultural bodies

        1. Power to create boards

          1. Section 87: Power to establish boards

          2. Section 88: Permissible purposes of boards

          3. Section 89: Permissible function of boards

          4. Section 90: Ancillary provisions

        2. Power to dissolve existing levy bodies and boards

          1. Section 91: Power to dissolve existing levy bodies

          2. Section 92: Power to dissolve board

          3. Section 93: Dissolution: supplementary

        3. Powers of appropriate authority

          1. Section 94: Grants

          2. Section 95: Directions

      3. Chapter 3 Financial assistance

        1. Section 98: Financial assistance

    13. Part 9: Miscellaneous

      1. Section 99: Natural beauty in the countryside

      2. Section 100: Byelaws relating to land drainage

      3. Section 101: Abolition of certain agricultural committees

    14. Part 10: Final Provisions

      1. Section 102: Crown land

      2. Section 103: Wales

      3. Section 104: Power to make further provision

      4. Section 105: Minor and consequential amendments

      5. Section 108: Extent

  7. Territorial Application: Wales

  8. Commencement Date

  9. Hansard References

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