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Electricity Act 1989

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106Regulations and orders

(1)Any power under this Act to make regulations, and any power of the Secretary of State under this Act to make orders (other than the powers conferred by paragraph 9(6) of Schedule 4 and paragraph 2 of Schedule 5), shall be exercisable by statutory instrument.

(2)Any statutory instrument containing—

(a)regulations under this Act made by the Secretary of State; or

(b)an order under this Act (other than an order appointing a day or nominating a company or an order under paragraph 4 of Schedule 12 to this Act),

shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

107Directions

(1)It shall be the duty of any person to whom a direction is given under this Act to give effect to that direction.

(2)Any power conferred by this Act to give a direction shall, unless the context otherwise requires, include power to vary or revoke the direction.

(3)Any direction given under this Act shall be in writing.

108Offences by bodies corporate

(1)Where a body corporate is guilty of an offence under this Act and that offence is proved to have been committed with the consent or connivance of, or to be attributable to any neglect on the part of, any director, manager, secretary or other similar offence of the body corporate or any person who was purporting to act in any such capacity he, as well as the body corporate, shall be guilty of that offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.

(2)Where the affairs of a body corporate are managed by its members, subsection (1) above shall apply in relation to the acts and defaults of a member in connection with his functions of management as if he were a director of the body corporate.

109Service of documents

(1)Any document required or authorised by virtue of this Act to be served on any person may be 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 paragraph (a) above on the secretary of that body; or

(c)if the person is a partnership, by serving it in accordance with paragraph (a) above on a partnership or a person having the control or management of the partnership business.

(2)For the purposes of this section and section 7 of the [1978 c. 30.] Interpretation Act 1978 (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 shall be his last known address, except that—

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

(b)in the case of service on a partnership or a partner or a person having the control or management of a partnership business, it shall be the address of 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.

(3)If a person to be served by virtue of this Act with any document by another has specified to that other an address within the United Kingdom other than his proper address (as determined in pursuance of subsection (2) above) as the one at which he or someone on his behalf will accept documents of the same description as that document, that address shall also be treated as his proper address for the purposes of this section and for the purposes of the said section 7 in its application to this section.

(4)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 cannot after reasonable inquiry be ascertained, the document may be served by—

(a)addressing it to him by the description of “owner” or “occupier” of the land )describing it); and

(b)either leaving it in the hands of a person who is or appears to be resident or employed on the land or leaving it conspicuously affixed to some building or object on or near the land.

(5)This section shall not apply to any document in relation to the service of which provision is made by rules of court.

(6)In this section “secretary”, in relation to a local authority within the meaning of the [1972 c. 70.] Local Government Act 1972 or the [1973 c. 65.] Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, means the proper officer within the meaning of that Act.

110Financial provisions

There shall be paid out of money provided by Parliament—

(a)any administrative expenses incurred by the Secretary of State or the treasury in consequence of the provisions of this Act; and

(b)any increase attributable to this Act in the sums payable out of money so provided under any other Act.

111General interpretation

(1)In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—

  • “Area Board” has the same meaning as in the [1947 c. 54.] Electricity Act 1947;

  • “contravention”, in relation to any direction, condition, requirement, regulation or order, includes any failure to comply with it and cognate expressions shall be construed accordingly;

  • “the Director” means the Director General of Electricity Supply;

  • “Electricity Board” means an Area Board, the Generating Board or a Scottish Board;

  • “the Generating Board” means the Central Electricity Generating Board;

  • “modifications” includes additions, alterations and omissions and cognate expressions shall be construed accordingly;

  • “Scottish Board” means either the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board or the South of Scotland Electricity Board.

(2)For the purposes of this Act any class or description may be framed by reference to any matters or circumstances whatever.

112Amendments, transitional provisions, savings and repeals

(1)The enactments mentioned in Schedule 16 to this Act shall have effect subject to the amendments there specified (being minor amendments or amendments consequential on the preceding provisions of this Act).

(2)The Secretary of State may by order make such consequential modifications of any provision contained in any Act (whether public general or local) passed, or in subordinate legislation made, before the relevant date as appear to him necessary or expedient—

(a)in respect of any reference in that Act or subordinate legislation to any of the Electricity Boards or the Electricity Council;

(b)in respect of any reference (in whatever terms) in that Act or subordinate legislation to a person carrying on an electricity undertaking or to such an undertaking;

(c)in respect of any reference in that Act or subordinate legislation to any enactment repealed by this Act; or

(d)in the case of a provision contained in a local Act or subordinate legislation, in respect of any other inconsistency between that Act or subordinate legislation and this Act;

and in this subsection “the relevant date”, in relation to any modifications, means the date of the coming into force of the provisions of this Act on which they are consequential.

(3)The transitional provisions and savings contained in Schedule 17 to this Act shall have effect; but those provisions are without prejudice to sections 16 and 17 of the [1978 c. 30.] Interpretation Act 1978 (effect of repeals).

(4)The enactments mentioned in Schedule 18 to this Act (which include some that are spent or no longer of practical utility) are hereby repealed to the extent specified in the third column of that Schedule.

113Short title, commencement and extent

(1)This Act may be cited as the Electricity Act 1989.

(2)This Act shall come into force on such day as the Secretary of State may by order appoint; and different days may be so appointed for different provisions or for different purposes.

(3)This Act, except this section and the following provisions, namely—

  • sections 65 to 70;

  • section 82;

  • sections 91 to 95;

  • section 100;

  • paragraph 8 of Schedule 1 and section 1(5) so far as relating to that paragraph;

  • paragraph 10 of Schedule 2 and section 2(7) so far as relating to that paragraph;

  • paragraph 11 of Schedule 16 and section 112(1) so far as relating to that paragraph; and

  • Schedule 18 and section 112(4) so far as relating to enactments which extend there (other than paragraph 3 of Schedule 5 to the [1973 c. 41.] Fair Trading Act 1973),

does not extend to Northern Ireland.

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