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Part VGeneral

27Local inquiries

(1)Subject to subsection (2) below, subsections (2) to (5) of section 250 of the [1972 c. 70.] Local Government Act 1972 (which contain supplementary provisions with respect to local inquiries held in pursuance of that section) shall apply to local inquiries under this Act as they apply to inquiries under that section.

(2)Subsection (4) of the said section 250 shall apply—

(a)in accordance with subsection (1) above, in relation to such local inquiries as are held with respect to any order under this Act as if the reference to a local authority in that subsection were a reference to the Executive; and

(b)in relation to any hearing arranged in pursuance of section 24 (7) (b) of this Act as if any reference in the said subsection (4) to a local authority were a reference to the Executive and any reference in that subsection to an inquiry included reference to such a hearing and as if, in the case of a hearing, the words “or party to the inquiry” and the words “or person”, in both places where they occur, were omitted.