4.  Notwithstanding the coming into force on 1st April 1996 of the amendments made by paragraph 68(1) to (3) and (6) of Schedule 22 to the Environment Act 1995, section 36 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 shall have effect in relation to England and Wales on and after that date in relation to any application for a licence under that section made, but not finally disposed of, before that date as if—

(a)those amendments had not been made;

(b)in subsection (4)(a) the words “the National Rivers Authority and” were omitted; and

(c)in subsection (4)(b) the words “the Authority or” were omitted.