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207 Directions in the interests of national security etc.E+W

(1)The Secretary of State may, after consultation with the [F1Agency], give to the [F1Agency] such directions of a general character as appear to the Secretary of State to be requisite or expedient in the interests of national security or for the purpose of mitigating the effects of any civil emergency which may occur.

(2)If it appears to the Secretary of State to be requisite or expedient to do so in the interests of national security or for the purpose of mitigating the effects of any civil emergency which has occurred or may occur, he may, after consultation with the [F1Agency], give to the [F1Agency] a direction requiring it to do, or not to do, a particular thing specified in the direction.

(3)The duty of the [F1Agency] to comply with a direction under this section is a duty which has effect notwithstanding any other duty imposed on it (whether or not by or under this Act).

(4)The Secretary of State shall lay before each House of Parliament a copy of every direction given under this section unless he is of the opinion that disclosure of the direction is against the interests of national security.

(5)A person shall not disclose, or be required by virtue of any enactment or otherwise to disclose, anything done by virtue of this section if the Secretary of State has notified him that the Secretary of State is of the opinion that disclosure of that thing is against the interests of national security.

(6)Any person who discloses any matter in contravention of subsection (5) above shall be guilty of an offence and liable, on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or to a fine or to both.

(7)Any reference in this section to a civil emergency is a reference to any natural disaster or other emergency which, in the opinion of the Secretary of State, is or may be likely, in relation to any area—

(a)so to disrupt water supplies or sewerage services; or

(b)to involve such destruction of or damage to life or property in that area,

as seriously and adversely to affect all the inhabitants of that area, or a substantial number of them, whether by depriving them of any of the essentials of life or otherwise.

(8)In this section “sewerage services” has the same meaning as in the M1Water Industry Act 1991.

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F1Words in s. 207 substituted (subject to other provisions of the amending Act) (1.4.1996) by 1995 c. 25, s. 120(1), Sch. 22 para. 128 (with ss. 7(6), 115, 117); S.I. 1996/186, art. 3 (with art. 4)

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208 Civil liability of the [F2Agency] for escapes of water etc.E+W

(1)Where an escape of water, however caused, from a pipe vested in the [F2Agency] causes loss or damage, the [F2Agency] shall be liable, except as otherwise provided in this section, for the loss or damage.

(2)The [F2Agency] shall not incur any liability under subsection (1) above if the escape was due wholly to the fault of the person who sustained the loss or damage or of any servant, agent or contractor of his.

(3)The [F2Agency] shall not incur any liability under subsection (1) above in respect of any loss or damage for which the [F2Agency] would not be liable apart from that subsection and which is sustained—

(a)by any water undertaker or sewerage undertaker or by any statutory undertakers, within the meaning of section 336(1) of the M2Town and Country Planning Act 1990;

(b)by any public gas supplier within the meaning of Part I of the M3Gas Act 1986 or the holder of a licence under section 6(1) of the M4Electricity Act 1989;

(c)by any highway authority; or

(d)by any person on whom a right to compensation is conferred by section 82 of the M5New Roads and Street Works Act 1991.

(4)The M6Law Reform (Contributory Negligence) Act 1945, the M7Fatal Accidents Act 1976 and the M8Limitation Act 1980 shall apply in relation to any loss or damage for which the [F2Agency] is liable under this section, but which is not due to the [F2Agency’s] fault, as if it were due to its fault.

(5)Nothing in subsection (1) above affects any entitlement which the [F2Agency] may have to recover contribution under the M9Civil Liability (Contribution) Act 1978; and for the purposes of that Act, any loss for which the [F2Agency] is liable under that subsection shall be treated as if it were damage.

(6)Where the [F2Agency] is liable under any enactment or agreement passed or made before 1st April 1982 to make any payment in respect of any loss or damage the [F2Agency] shall not incur liability under subsection (1) above in respect of the same loss or damage.

(7)In this section “fault” has the same meaning as in the M10Law Reform (Contributory Negligence) Act 1945.

(8)Until the coming into force of section 82 of the M11New Roads and Street Works Act 1991, subsection (3) above shall have effect as if for paragraph (d) there were substituted the following paragraphs—

(d)by any bridge authority, bridge managers, street authority or street managers within the meaning of the M12Public Utilities Street Works Act 1950; or

(e)by any person on whom a right to compensation under section 26 of that Act of 1950 is conferred.;but nothing in this section shall be taken to prejudice the power of the Secretary of State under that Act of 1991 to make an order bringing section 82 of that Act into force on different days for different purposes (including the purposes of this section).

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F2Words in s. 208 substituted (subject to other provisions of the amending Act) (1.4.1996) by 1995 c. 25, s. 120(1), Sch. 22 para. 128 (with ss. 7(6), 115, 117); S.I. 1996/186, art. 3 (with art. 4)

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209 Evidence of samples and abstractions.E+W

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(3)Where, in accordance with the provisions contained in a licence in pursuance of paragraph (b) of subsection (2) of section 46 above, or in pursuance of that paragraph as read with subsection (6) of that section, it has been determined what quantity of water is to be taken—

(a)to have been abstracted during any period from a source of supply by the holder of the licence; or

(b)to have been so abstracted at a particular point or by particular means, or for use for particular purposes,

that determination shall, for the purposes of any proceedings under Chapter II of Part II of this Act or any of the related water resources provisions, be conclusive evidence of the matters to which it relates.

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