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53 Power to require information.E+W

(1)The drainage board for an internal drainage district may serve on the owner of any hereditament in the district in respect of which a drainage rate is levied a notice requiring him to state in writing the name and address of any person known to him as being an occupier of that hereditament.

(2)A person shall be guilty of an offence under this section if, where a notice is served on him under subsection (1) above, he—

(a)fails without reasonable excuse to comply with the notice; or

(b)in pursuance of the notice—

(i)makes any statement in respect of the information required which he knows to be false in a material particular; or

(ii)recklessly makes any statement in respect of that information which is false in a material particular.

(3)A person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable, on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding level 4 on the standard scale.

(4)Where—

(a)a person is convicted of an offence under this section in respect of a failure to comply with a notice; and

(b)the failure continues after conviction,

then, unless he has a reasonable excuse for the continuance of the failure, he shall be guilty of a further offence under this section and shall be liable, on summary conviction, to be punished accordingly.

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