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51.—(1) Where it appears to the Authority that a [F1regulated person]

(a)may be contravening, or may have contravened, any relevant condition or requirement, or

(b)(in the case of an electricity licence holder who is a public electricity supplier) may be failing or may have failed to achieve any standard of performance prescribed under Article 42 of the Electricity Order,[F2 or

(c)(in the case of a gas licence holder) may be failing or may have failed to achieve any standard of performance prescribed under section 1 of the Energy Act (Northern Ireland) 2011,]

the Authority may, for any purpose connected with such of its functions under this Part as are exercisable in relation to that matter, serve a notice under paragraph (2) on any person.

[F3(1A) The Authority may, for the purposes of its monitoring functions under Article 50 of the Electricity Order and Article 27 of the Gas Order, serve a notice under paragraph (2) on any regulated person, but only where the activities being monitored are the activities set out in paragraph (3B) of Article 50 of the Electricity Order and paragraph (3B) of Article 27 of the Gas Order, as the case may be.]

(2) A notice under this paragraph is a notice signed on behalf of the Authority and—

(a)requiring the person on whom it is served to produce, at a time and place specified in the notice, to the Authority or to any person appointed by the Authority for the purpose, any documents which are specified or described in the notice and are in that person's custody or under his control; or

(b)requiring that person, if he is carrying on a business, to furnish, at a time and place and in the form and manner specified in the notice, to the Authority such information as may be specified or described in the notice.

(3) No person shall be required under this Article to produce any documents which he could not be compelled to produce in civil proceedings in the High Court or, in complying with any requirement for the furnishing of information, to give any information which he could not be compelled to give in evidence in any such proceedings.

(4) A person who without reasonable excuse fails to do anything required of him by notice under paragraph (2) shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale.

(5) A person who intentionally alters, suppresses or destroys any document which he has been required by any notice under paragraph (2) to produce shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable—

(a)on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum;

(b)on conviction on indictment, to a fine.

(6) If a person makes default in complying with a notice under paragraph (2), the High Court may, on the application of the Authority, make such order as the court thinks fit for requiring the default to be made good; and any such order may provide that all the costs of and incidental to the application shall be borne by the person in default or by any officers of a company or other body or association who are responsible for its default.

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