55 Responsible Minister may assign responsibility for decisions

(1)

The responsible Minister may assign responsibility for a decision on the appropriate response to an issue relating to a harmful organism or pathway.

(2)

The process for the Minister to assign responsibility must be set out in regulations.

(3)

If the Minister assigns responsibility to a department or regional council,—

(a)

the Minister may specify a time within which the decision must be made; and

(b)

the Minister may extend the time if the Minister considers that exceptional circumstances exist justifying the extension; and

(c)

the department or regional council must make the decision within the time or extended time.

Section 55: replaced, on 18 September 2012, by section 39 of the Biosecurity Law Reform Act 2012 (2012 No 73).