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The Gas (Northern Ireland) Order 1996

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[F1Suppliers of Last ResortN.I.

24A.(1) Where it appears to the Authority that—

(a)circumstances have arisen which would entitle it to revoke the licence of a gas supplier (“the defaulting supplier”); and

(b)another gas supplier could comply with a direction under paragraph (2) without significantly prejudicing his ability—

(i)to continue to supply his customers; and

(ii)to fulfil his contractual obligations for the supply of gas,

the Authority may give such a direction to that supplier (“the designated supplier”).

(2) A direction under this paragraph—

(a)shall require the designated supplier to supply gas to such customers of the defaulting supplier in such premises as are specified or described in the direction; and

(b)may include such other requirements or prohibitions as are, in the opinion of the Authority, reasonably incidental or to consequential upon the requirement to supply.

(3) A direction under paragraph (2) shall specify the terms and conditions under which the designated supplier shall supply gas to any other customer to which the direction relates, including in particular the terms and conditions in relation to—

(a)the termination of supply; and

(b)the method for calculating the charges for supply:

and may specify the terms and conditions under which the designated supplier shall do anything else in pursuance of the direction.

(4) A direction under paragraph (2) may also modify the supply licence of the designated supplier or the conditions included in that licence where it is necessary or expedient for the purposes of ensuring that the supplier can comply with any requirement or prohibition under that direction.

(5) Upon being given a direction under paragraph (2) the designated supplier shall send a notice to those customers of the defaulting supplier to which the direction relates giving such particulars and containing such information as the Authority may specify in the direction.

(6) Where the customer is supplied by gas by a designated supplier in pursuance of a direction under paragraph (2), a contract for the supply of gas shall be deemed to exist between the customer and the designated supplier from the date on which the supply of gas commenced to the date the direction ceases to have effect.

(7) A direction under paragraph (2) may be made subject to such conditions as the Authority may specify in the directions.

(8) A direction under paragraph (2) shall take effect from such date as may be specified in the direction and shall continue for such period (being no longer than six months) as may be specified in the direction and shall then cease to have effect.

(9) In this Article—

gas supplier” means a person who is authorised by a licence to supply gas to specified persons or premises;

customer” in relation to a gas supplier means the persons or the occupier of the premises so specified;

licence” means a licence granted under Article 8(1)(c); and

specified” has the same meaning as in Article 8(1).]

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