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(1)The Secretary of State may appoint persons to act as inspectors to assist in carrying out the functions of the Secretary of State under this Chapter.
(2)The Secretary of State may make payments, by way of remuneration or otherwise, to inspectors appointed under this section.
(3)The Secretary of State may make regulations about—
(a)the powers and duties of inspectors appointed under this section;
(b)the powers and duties of any other person acting on the directions of the Secretary of State in connection with a function under this Chapter;
(c)the facilities and assistance to be accorded to persons mentioned in paragraph (a) or (b).
(4)The powers conferred by virtue of subsection (3) may include powers of a kind specified in section 108(4) of the Environment Act 1995 (c. 25) (powers of entry, investigation, etc).
(5)Any regulations under this section may provide for the creation of offences which are punishable—
(a)on summary conviction by a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum or such lesser amount as is specified in the regulations, and
(b)on conviction on indictment by a fine.
(6)This section applies in relation to the Scottish Ministers and the functions of the Scottish Ministers under this Chapter as it applies in relation to the Secretary of State and the functions of the Secretary of State under this Chapter.
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