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5 Existing licences.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)In this section, the “current model clauses” means, in relation to any paragraph of Schedule 1, the model clauses which, immediately before the commencement of this Act, would be incorporated in a licence granted under section 2 of the M1Petroleum (Production) Act 1934 if the licence, when granted, had incorporated the model clauses mentioned in that paragraph.

(2)The reference in subsection (1) to the model clauses which, immediately before the commencement of this Act, would be incorporated in a licence is a reference to those model clauses as they would then have effect but as if any reference (however expressed) in a model clause to an enactment repealed and re-enacted by this Act were, or (where the context requires) included, a reference to the corresponding provision of this Act.

(3)For the purposes of subsection (2), any provision of a model clause which would have effect (or would have a particular effect) only in relation to a licence of a description of which none is in force immediately before the commencement of this Act shall be treated as not then having effect (or as not then having that effect).

(4)The Secretary of State shall, in an order made before the commencement of this Act, reproduce the current model clauses in relation to each paragraph of Schedule 1.

(5)Subject to subsections (7) and (8), any licence granted under section 2 of the Petroleum (Production) Act 1934 which—

(a)is in force immediately before the commencement of this Act; and

(b)when granted, incorporated any of the model clauses mentioned in any paragraph of Schedule 1,

shall on the commencement of this Act have effect as if it incorporated, in place of the relevant model clauses, the current model clauses reproduced in relation to that paragraph in the order under subsection (4).

(6)For the purposes of subsection (5), the relevant model clauses, in relation to any licence, are the model clauses which the licence incorporates immediately before the commencement of this Act other than any model clause which—

(a)was incorporated into the licence when it was granted; and

(b)is not within any paragraph of Schedule 1.

(7)Where immediately before the commencement of this Act any such licence incorporates model clauses subject to any amendment or modification, or with the omission of any model clause, the current model clauses reproduced under subsection (4) shall have effect in relation to that licence—

(a)subject to the same amendment or modification; or

(b)as the case may be, with the omission of the model clause corresponding to the model clause omitted from the licence.

(8)Where before the commencement of this Act model clauses (the “substitute model clauses”) set out in any regulations made under section 6 of the M2Petroleum (Production) Act 1934 have been substituted for the model clauses originally incorporated in any licence granted under section 2 of that Act, the licence shall be treated for the purposes of this section as if, when granted, it had incorporated the substitute model clauses.

(9)It is hereby declared that any provision incorporated in a licence by virtue of subsection (5) may be altered or deleted by [F1deed ] executed by the Secretary of State and the licensee or, as respects Scotland, by an instrument subscribed [F2or authenticated ] by the Secretary of State and the licensee in accordance with the M3Requirements of Writing (Scotland) Act 1995.

(10)Where any provision is replaced by virtue of subsection (5)—

(a)a reference in any document to that provision (or which immediately before the commencement of this Act is to be construed as a reference to that provision) shall, except so far as the nature of the document or context otherwise requires, be construed as a reference to the replacement; and

(b)anything done under or for the purposes of that provision shall, except where the context otherwise requires, be treated as having been done under or for the purposes of the replacement.

(11)The order to be made under subsection (4) shall be made by statutory instrument, shall be laid before Parliament after being made and shall come into force on the commencement of this Act.

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F1Word in s. 5(9) substituted (6.4.2009) by Energy Act 2008 (c. 32), s. 110(2), Sch. 5 para. 8; S.I. 2009/45, art. 4(d)(i)

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I1S. 5 wholly in force at 15.2.1999; s. 5 partly in force: s. 5(1)-(4)(11) in force at Royal Assent, see s. 52(1)-(4); s. 5(5)(6)(7)(8)(9)(10) in force at 15.2.1999 by S.I. 1999/161, art. 2(1)

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