Utilities Act 2000

Secretary of State’s powers in relation to transfer schemesE+W+S+N.I.

5(1)A transfer scheme shall not take effect unless it is approved by the Secretary of State.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)The Secretary of State may if he thinks fit, before approving a transfer scheme, make such modifications of the scheme as he considers appropriate for the purpose of securing that the scheme makes only such provision as he considers to be requisite or expedient for the purposes of this Part of this Schedule.

(3)The powers of the Secretary of State under this paragraph may in particular be exercised with a view to ensuring that a proposed transfer scheme does not operate against the public interest.

(4)It shall be the duty of the supplier to provide the Secretary of State with all such information and other assistance as he may require for the purposes of or in connection with the exercise of any function conferred on him by sub-paragraph (1) and (2).