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Control of Pollution Act 1974

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95Service of documents on and by water authorities

(1)Any document required or authorised by virtue of this Act to be served on a water authority shall be so served by addressing it to the authority and leaving it at or sending it by post to the principal office of the authority or any other office specified by the authority as one at which it will accept documents of the same kind as that document.

(2)Any document required or authorised by virtue of this Act to be served on a person by a water authority may be so served—

(a)by delivering it to him or by leaving it at his proper address or by sending it by post to him at that address ; or

(b)if the person is a body corporate, by serving it in accordance with the preceding paragraph on the secretary or clerk of that body ; or

(c)if the person is a partnership, by serving it as aforesaid on a partner or a person having the control or management of the partnership business.

(3)For the purposes of this section and section 26 of the Interpretation Act 1889 (which relates to the service of documents by post) in its application to this section, the proper address of any person on whom a document is to be served by a water authority shall be his last known address, except that—

(a)in the case of service on a body corporate or its secretary or clerk it shall be the address of the registered or principal office of the body;

(b)in the case of service on a partnership or __________or a person having the control or management of the partnership business it shall be the principal office of the partnership;

and for the purposes of this subsection the principal office of a company registered outside the United Kingdom or of a partnership carrying on business outside the United Kingdom is its principal office within the United Kingdom.

(4)If a person to be served by virtue of this Act with any document by a water authority has specified an address within the United Kingdom other than his proper address (as determined in pursuance of the preceding subsection) as the one at which he or someone on his behalf will accept documents of the same kind as that document, that address shall also be treated as his proper address for the purposes of this section and the said section 26 in its application to this section.

(5)If the name or address of any owner or occupier of land on whom by virtue of this Act any document is to be served by a water authority cannot after reasonable inquiry be ascertained, the document may be served either by leaving it in the hands of a person who is or appears to be resident or employed on the land or by leaving it conspicuously affixed to some building or object on the land.

(6)Nothing in the preceding provisions of this section relates to service of a document in proceedings in court.

(7)This section shall not apply to Scotland.

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