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(1)Subject to the following provisions of this Part and any regulations made under those provisions, a public gas supplier shall, upon being required to do so by the owner or occupier, give and continue to give a supply of gas to any premises which—
(a)are situated within 25 yards from a relevant main of the supplier ; or
(b)are connected by a service pipe to any such main, and in the case of premises falling within paragraph (a) above, shall also provide and lay any pipe that may be necessary for that purpose.
(2)Where any person requires a supply of gas in pursuance of subsection (1) above, he shall serve on the public gas supplier a notice specifying—
(a)the premises in respect of which the supply is required; and
(b)the day (not being earlier than a reasonable time after the service of the notice) upon which the supply is required to commence.
(3)Where any pipe is provided and laid by a public gas supplier in pursuance of subsection (1) above, the cost of providing and laying—
(a)so much of the pipe as is laid upon property owned or occupied by the person requiring the supply, not being property dedicated to public use ; and
(b)so much of the pipe as is laid for a greater distance than 30 feet from any pipe of the supplier, although not on such property as is mentioned in paragraph (a) above,
shall, if the supplier so requires, be defrayed by that person.
(4)The Secretary of State may, after consultation with the Director, make provision by regulations for entitling a public gas supplier to require a person requiring a supply of gas in pursuance of subsection (1) above to pay to the supplier an amount in respect of the expenses of the laying of the main used for the purpose of giving that supply if—
(a)the supply is required within the prescribed period after the laying of the main ;
(b)a person for the purpose of supplying whom the main was laid has made a payment to the supplier in respect of those expenses;
(c)the amount required does not exceed any amount paid in respect of those expenses by such a person or by any person previously required to make a payment under the regulations; and
(d)the supplier has not recovered those expenses in full.
(5)Nothing in subsection (1) above shall be taken as requiring a public gas supplier to supply gas to any premises in excess of 25,000 therms in any period of twelve months.
(6)Nothing in subsection (1) above shall be taken as requiring a public gas supplier to give or continue to give a supply of gas to any premises if—
(a)he is prevented from doing so by circumstances not within his control; or
(b)circumstances exist by reason of which his doing so would or might involve danger to the public, and he has taken all such steps as it was reasonable to take both to prevent the circumstances from occurring and to prevent them from having that effect.
(7)Where any person requires a new or increased supply of gas in pursuance of subsection (1) above for purposes other than domestic use, and the supply cannot be given without the laying of a new main, or the enlarging of an existing main, or the construction or enlarging of any other works required for the supply of gas by the public gas supplier, the supplier may, if he thinks fit, refuse to give the supply unless that person enters into a written contract with him—
(a)to continue to receive and pay for a supply of gas of such minimum quantity and for such minimum period as the supplier may reasonably require, having regard to the expense to be incurred by him in laying or enlarging the main or constructing or enlarging the other works; or
(b)to make such payment to the supplier (in addition to any payments to be made from time to time for gas supplied) as the supplier may reasonably require having regard to the matters aforesaid.
(8)Where any person requires a supply of gas in pursuance of subsection (1) above for the purposes only of a stand-by supply for any premises having a separate supply of gas, or having a supply (in use or ready for use for the purpose for which the stand-by supply is required) of electricity, steam or other form of energy, the supplier may, if he thinks fit, refuse to give or discontinue the supply unless that person enters into a written contract with him to pay him such annual sum in addition to any charge for gas supplied as—
(a)will give him a reasonable return on the capital expenditure incurred by him in providing the stand-by supply ; and
(b)will cover other expenditure incurred by him in order to meet the maximum possible demand for those premises.
(9)In this section " relevant main " has the same meaning as in section 7 above.
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