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1(1)Subject to subparagraph (2) below, the Secretary of State may raise, lower, divert, alter, remove or otherwise interfere with any of the following, that is to say—E+W+S+N.I.
(a) any pipe, tube, cable, wire or other apparatus intended or used for carrying water, gas or electricity or for telegraphic, postal or other purposes;
(b)any sewer or drain or other similar works; and any mooring;
in any case where it appears to him to be necessary or convenient to do so for the purposes of any of the works.
(2)The Secretary of State may not under subparagraph (1)(a) or (b) above remove from any land acquired for or in connection with the principal works any apparatus of a description falling within [F1paragraph (b) of section 271(1) or of section 272(1) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990] (apparatus vested in or belonging to statutory undertakers for the purpose of carrying on their undertaking) as that paragraph applies by virtue of paragraph 8 of Schedule 1 to this Act in relation to any such land.
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2If it appears to the Secretary of State to be necessary or convenient for the purposes of any of the works, he may remove any vessel—E+W+S+N.I.
(a)sunk, stranded or abandoned in the area affected by the works; or
(b)moored or left there (whether lawfully or not);
either to another place within that area or to a place outside that area.
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