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(1)This section applies where a person has made a compensation payment but—
(a)has not applied for a certificate of recoverable benefits, or
(b)has not made a payment to the Secretary of State under section 6 before the end of the period allowed under that section.
(2)The Secretary of State may—
(a)issue the person who made the compensation payment with a certificate of recoverable benefits, if none has been issued, or
(b)issue him with a copy of the certificate of recoverable benefits or (if more than one has been issued) the most recent one,
and (in either case) issue him with a demand that payment of any amount due under section 6 be made immediately.
(3)The Secretary of State may, in accordance with subsections (4) and (5), recover the amount for which a demand for payment is made under subsection (2) from the person who made the compensation payment.
(4)If the person who made the compensation payment resides or carries on business in England and Wales and a county court so orders, any amount recoverable under subsection (3) is recoverable by execution issued from the county court or otherwise as if it were payable under an order of that court.
(5)If the person who made the payment resides or carries on business in Scotland, any amount recoverable under subsection (3) may be enforced in like manner as an extract registered decree arbitral bearing a warrant for execution issued by the sheriff court of any sheriffdom in Scotland.
(6)A document bearing a certificate which—
(a)is signed by a person authorised to do so by the Secretary of State, and
(b)states that the document, apart from the certificate, is a record of the amount recoverable under subsection (3),
is conclusive evidence that that amount is so recoverable.
(7)A certificate under subsection (6) purporting to be signed by a person authorised to do so by the Secretary of State is to be treated as so signed unless the contrary is proved.
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