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Competent authorityU.K.

3.—(1) Subject to paragraph (2), the following is a competent authority—

(a)in England, the Secretary of State;

(b)in Wales, the Welsh Ministers;

(c)in Northern Ireland, the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment and the Department of the Environment acting alone or jointly.

(2) In relation to matters outside the competence of a devolved administration, the competent authority is the Secretary of State.