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British Telecommunications Act 1981

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8Activities requiring approval of the Secretary of State

(1)Neither the Corporation nor any of its wholly owned subsidiaries shall, except with the approval of the Secretary of State, construct, manufacture, produce or purchase, otherwise than for the relevant purpose, things of any kind to a substantial extent.

(2)The Secretary of State

(a)may give approval for the purposes of subsection (1) subject to such conditions (if any) as he may think fit; and

(b)notwithstanding the giving of approval, may at any time, after consultation with the Corporation, direct it to discontinue or, as the case may be, to exercise its control over any of its wholly owned subsidiaries so as to require the subsidiary to discontinue, any activity that the Corporation or, as the case may be, the subsidiary is carrying on with approval.

(3)The Secretary of State shall publish, in such manner as he thinks fit, particulars of any approval given by him under subsection (1).

(4)In carrying on any activities to which subsection (1) applies, the Corporation shall act as if it were a company engaged in a commercial enterprise, and it shall so exercise its control over each of its wholly owned subsidiaries that carries on any such activities as to ensure that the subsidiary so acts.

(5)In this section " the relevant purpose" has the same meaning as in section 7.

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