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Explanatory Note

(This note is not part of the Order)

Part I of the Environment Act 1995 establishes the Environment Agency and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (“SEPA”). The main purpose of this Order is to bring into force provisions of the Environment Act 1995 concerning the new Agencies. The Order also brings into force a number of other provisions of the Environment Act 1995.

Article 2 of this Order brings into force on 1st February 1996 provisions of the Environment Act 1995 which enable preparations to be made for the transfer of functions, property, rights and liabilities to the new Agencies.

Article 2 also brings into force on 1st February 1996 the following further provisions of the Environment Act 1995—

Article 2 also brings into force on 1st February 1996 other minor and consequential amendments and repeals in Schedules 22 and 24 there listed.

Article 3 of this Order brings into force on 1st April 1996 the provisions of the Environment Act 1995 which effect the transfer of functions, property, rights and liabilities to the new Agencies, and which make related amendments.

Article 3 also brings into force on 1st April 1996 the following further provisions of the Environment Act 1995—

Article 3 of the Order also brings into force on 1st April 1996 a number of other minor and consequential amendments in Schedule 22, and the repeals in Schedule 24, listed in the Article.

Article 4 contains a saving.