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Price Commission Act 1977

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13Enforcement of orders and supervision of undertakings

(1)It shall be the duty of an authority specified in such an order in pursuance of subsection (6)(c) of the preceding section—

(a)to serve or publish, in accordance with paragraph (c) of this subsection, such notices as the authority considers appropriate for the purpose of giving effect to the order other than such provisions of it as are mentioned in subsection (4) of the preceding section ;

(b)to specify in such a notice the prices and charges to which the notice applies and the manner in which, subject to regulations made in pursuance of section 9 of this Act by virtue of subsection (6) of this section, the prices and charges are to be regulated; and

(c)to serve such a notice on each of the persons who charge a price or make a charge to which the notice applies or, if the authority considers it impracticable to serve the notice on each of those persons, to publish the notice as well as or instead of serving it on any of those persons.

(2)A person on whom a notice is served in pursuance of paragraph (c) of the preceding subsection or who considers that he is affected by a notice published as mentioned in that paragraph may, at any time during the period of fourteen days beginning with the date on which the notice was served on him or first so published, make representations about the notice to the authority which served or published it.

(3)An authority which receives representations in pursuance of the preceding subsection about a notice may if it thinks fit vary or revoke the notice in consequence of the representations ; and if it does so it shall be the duty of the authority—

(a)to give notice of the variation or revocation to each person on whom it served the first-mentioned notice; and

(b)if that notice was published in pursuance of subsection (1)(c) of this section, to publish notice of the variation or revocation.

(4)A person who, after the expiration of the period of twenty-eight days beginning with the date when a notice was served on him or first published in pursuance of subsection (1)(c) of this section whichever first occurs, contravenes provisions of the notice which regulate prices or charges shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £1,000 or, on conviction on indictment, to a fine.

(5)The Schedule to the Prices Act 1974 (which among other things relates to the enforcement of an order under section 4 of that Act) shall have effect as if the references in paragraph 5 to such an order included references to an order in pursuance of subsection (3)(b) of the preceding section so far as it contains such provisions as are mentioned in subsection (4) of that section and, in relation to an order in pursuance of the said subsection (3)(b) so far as it contains such provisions, with such other amendments and such additions and omissions as are prescribed by regulations.

(6)Section 8 of this Act, except subsection (2)(b), shall have effect in relation to an undertaking accepted in pursuance of the preceding section as if—

(a)for references to the Commission there were substituted references to such authority as the Secretary of State may designate as the supervising authority for the undertaking; and

(b)for references to section 7 of this Act and subsections (3) to (5) of that section there were substituted respectively references to the preceding section and subsections (1) to (3) of that section and the words

effective orwere omitted ;

and section 9(1) of this Act shall have effect as if the reference to any provision of section 7 of this Act included a reference to such a notice as is mentioned in subsection (1) of this section.

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