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140 Appeals in respect of resolutions under section 139.E+W

(1)If—

(a)an internal drainage board is aggrieved by a resolution of the [F1Agency] under section 139 above determining the amount of any contribution; or

(b)the council of any county [F2, county borough] or London borough is aggrieved by any such resolution on the ground that the amount of the contribution required to be made by an internal drainage board is inadequate,

the board or council may, within six weeks after the date on which notice of the resolution is given by the [F1Agency] to the internal drainage board in question, appeal to the relevant Minister against the resolution.

(2)On an appeal under this section the relevant Minister may, after—

(a)considering any objections made to him; and

(b)if he thinks fit, holding a local public inquiry,

make such an order in the matter as he thinks just.

(3)Where the [F1Agency] has acted on a resolution by virtue of section 139(5) above and an appeal is brought in respect of the resolution, the relevant Minister shall by his order direct such adjustment to be made in respect of any sums recovered or paid in pursuance of the resolution as may be necessary for giving effect to his decision.

(4)Where the relevant Minister makes an order under this section, he shall lay before Parliament particulars of the matter in respect of which the appeal was made and of the reasons for his order.

(5)Compliance with any order made by the relevant Minister under this section may be enforced by mandamus.

(6)In this section “the relevant Minister”—

(a)in relation to an internal drainage district wholly in Wales or the drainage board for such a district, means the Secretary of State;

(b)in relation to an internal drainage district partly in Wales or the drainage board for such a district, means the Ministers; and

(c)in any other case, means the Minister.

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F1Words in s. 140 substituted (subject to other provisions of the amending Act) (1.4.1996) by 1995 c. 25, s. 120, Sch. 22 para. 128 (with ss. 7(6), 115, 117); S.I. 1996/186, art. 3

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