Containment of Nuclear Weapons Act 2003


2.—(1) In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—

“this Act” includes regulations made under section 13 ;

“Agency” means the International Atomic Energy Agency;

“authorised officer” means—

(a) an officer of the National Authority appointed under section 6 (1) to be an authorised officer, or

(b) an international inspector;

“function” includes power and duty;

“international inspector” means a person who holds a certificate issued under section 5 (1);

“Minister” means the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government;

“National Authority” means the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland, or any other authority designated by regulations made under section 13 to be the National Authority in place of that Institute;

“place” includes any means of transport and any building or structure on land, including land covered by water;

“prescribed” means prescribed by regulations made under section 13 ;

“the Protocol” means the Protocol done at Vienna on 22 September 1998, additional to the Agreement between Non-Nuclear Weapons States of the European Atomic Energy Community, the European Atomic Energy Community and the International Atomic Energy Agency in implementation of Article III(1) and (4) of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, which, for convenience of reference, is set out in the English language, in the Schedule to this Act;

“thing” includes any equipment, material or substance relevant to the information to be provided in Article 2 or Annex III of the Protocol or listed in Annex I or II.

(2) Unless the context otherwise requires, all words and expressions used in this Act have the same meaning as in the Protocol.

(3) In this Act—

(a) a reference to a section is a reference to a section of this Act, unless it is indicated that reference to some other enactment is intended,

(b) a reference to a subsection, paragraph or subparagraph is a reference to the subsection, paragraph or subparagraph of the provision in which the reference occurs, unless it is indicated that a reference to some other provision is intended, and

(c) a reference to an Annex by number is a reference to the Annex so numbered, to the Protocol.