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(1)The general purposes of Part I of the 1974 Act shall include—
(a)securing the proper construction and safe operation of pipe-lines and preventing damage to them;
(b)securing that, in the event of the accidental escape or ignition of anything in a pipe-line, immediate notice of the event is given to persons who will or may have to discharge duties or take steps in consequence of the happening of the event; and
(c)protecting the public from personal injury, fire, explosions and other dangers arising from the transmission, distribution, supply or use of gas;
and that Part shall have effect as if the provisions mentioned in subsection (3) below were existing statutory provisions within the meaning of that Part and, in the case of the enactments there mentioned, were specified in the third column of Schedule 1 to that Act.
(2)Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1) of section 15 of the 1974 Act (health and safety regulations), regulations under that section may—
(a)repeal or modify any of the provisions mentioned in subsection (3) below; and
(b)make any provision which, but for any such repeal or modification, could be made by regulations made under any enactment mentioned in paragraph (b) of that subsection.
(3)The provisions referred to in subsections (1) and (2) above are—
(a)sections 27 to 32 and 37 (avoidance of damage to pipe-lines and notification of accidents etc.) of the M1Pipe-lines Act 1962;
F1(b). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
(c)the provisions of any regulations made or having effect under any enactment mentioned in paragraph (b) above.
(4)In this section—
“gas” means any substance which is or (if it were in a gaseous state) would be gas within the meaning of Part I of the Gas Act 1986;
“pipe-line” has the same meaning as in the Pipe-lines Act 1962.
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