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(1)There shall be a [F2Countryside Agency] which shall exercise functions in relation to England for the purposes specified in subsection (2) below; and the Countryside Council for Wales (established by section 128 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990) shall exercise corresponding functions in relation to Wales for the corresponding purposes specified in section 130(2) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
(2)The purposes for which the functions of [F3the Agency] are exercisable are—
(a)the preservation and enhancement of natural beauty in England, both in the areas designated under this Act as National Parks or [F4under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000]as areas of outstanding natural beauty and elsewhere;
(b)encouraging the provision or improvement, for persons resorting to National Parks, of facilities for the enjoyment thereof and for the enjoyment of the opportunities for open-air recreation and the study of nature afforded thereby.]
(1)The Minister may give to [F6the Agency][F7or to the Council] such directions of a general character as appear to him expedient in relation to the exercise of their functions, and [F6the Agency][F7or Council] shall comply with directions given under this section.
(2)As soon as may be after giving a direction under this section the Minister shall, unless in his opinion it is against the interests of national security so to do, cause a notice setting out the direction to be published in such manner as appears to him to be requisite for informing persons and bodies of persons concerned.
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