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Coal Mining Subsidence Act 1991

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38Reimbursement of successful claimants' expenses

(1)Where the Corporation—

(a)take any remedial action; or

(b)make any payment to, or make any living accommodation available to, any person under Part III of this Act,

they shall also pay any costs or expenses to which subsection (2) below applies.

(2)Subject to subsections (3) to (5) below, this subsection applies to any costs or expenses reasonably incurred by the claimant or any other person interested or, as the case may be, by the person in question—

(a)for the purposes of, or for purposes connected with, the preparation and prosecution of his damage notice or claim; or

(b)in the case of costs or expenses incurred by the claimant before the subsidence damage became evident, with a view to the possible preparation and prosecution of his damage notice.

(3)Subsection (2) above does not apply to any costs or expenses incurred by the claimant or any other person interested—

(a)in securing or attempting to secure the agreement or consent of any other person to the exercise by the Corporation of any such power as is mentioned in subsection (1)(a) of section 41 below; or

(b)in pursuing an application under subsection (2) of that section.

(4)Subsection (2) above does not apply to any costs or expenses incurred by the claimant or any other person interested more than four years before the giving of his damage notice.

(5)Subsection (2) above does not apply to any costs or expenses incurred in or in connection with any proceedings before any tribunal, court or other person if an order for their payment has been or could have been made by that tribunal, court or other person.

(6)The Secretary of State may by order—

(a)substitute for the period specified in subsection (4) above (whether as originally enacted or as previously amended under this subsection) such other period as he thinks fit; or

(b)direct that that subsection shall not apply in such circumstances as may be specified in the order.

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