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Energy Act 2008

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71Provision of information to Secretary of State

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After section 112 of the Energy Act 2004 (c. 20) (duty to inform Secretary of State) insert—

112APower of Secretary of State to require information and documents

(1)The Secretary of State may by notice require a person within subsection (2) to provide the Secretary of State with such relevant information or documents as the Secretary of State may require in connection with the exercise of functions under this Chapter.

(2)Those persons are—

(a)a person who has been, or may be, given a notice under section 105(2)(a) in relation to a relevant object,

(b)where a person falling within paragraph (a) is a body corporate, a body corporate associated with that person,

(c)a person not within paragraph (a) or (b) who by virtue of provision made under section 108(3)(b) is subject to the duty under section 109(1) in relation to a decommissioning programme relating to a relevant object.

(3)Information or a document is “relevant” if it relates to—

(a)the place where the relevant object is or is to be situated,

(b)the relevant object,

(c)where the recipient of the notice is a body corporate falling within subsection (2)(c) or section 105(2)(a), details of an associated body corporate,

(d)the financial affairs of the recipient of the notice or, where the recipient is a body corporate falling within subsection (2)(c) or section 105(1)(a), (b) or (c), an associated body corporate,

(e)the security that the recipient proposes to provide in relation to the carrying out of a decommissioning programme relating to the relevant object or for the recipient’s compliance with any conditions of the programme’s approval, or

(f)where the recipient of the notice (“R”) is a body corporate falling within subsection (2)(c) or section 105(1)(a), (b) or (c), the name or address of any person whom R believes to be an associated body corporate.

(4)But if a notice under subsection (1) requires information in connection with a function of the Secretary of State under section 107(1) or (4), the notice may require the provision of information or documents which the Secretary of State considers are necessary or expedient for the purpose of exercising those functions (whether or not they are of a kind specified in subsection (3)).

(5)A notice under subsection (1) must specify the documents or information, or the description of documents or information, to which it relates.

(6)Information or documents required to be provided under this section must be provided within such period as is specified in the notice under subsection (1).

(7)In this section, “associated”, in relation to a body corporate, is to be construed in accordance with section 105A(3) to (8).

(8)A person who fails, without reasonable excuse, to comply with a notice under subsection (1) is guilty of an offence.

(9)A person who discloses information obtained by virtue of a notice under this section is guilty of an offence unless the disclosure—

(a)is made with the consent of the person by or on behalf of whom the information was provided,

(b)is for the purpose of the exercise of the Secretary of State’s functions under this Chapter, the Electricity Act 1989 or Part 4 of the Petroleum Act 1998, or

(c)is required by or under an enactment.

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