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Energy Act 2013

Section 105: Offences relating to false information and deception

478.This section creates an offence for a person to knowingly or recklessly make a false statement in response to a requirement under a relevant statutory provision or for the purpose of obtaining the issue of a document under any of those provisions. This includes information provided to the ONR or its inspectors for the purposes of those provisions. Offences are also created for the making of false statements or entries in documents issued under the relevant statutory provisions as well as using counterfeit documents with the intent to deceive (see subsections (3)(a) and (5)(a)).

Section 106: Provision relating to offences under certain relevant statutory provisions

479.This section introduces Schedule 10 which contains provisions relating to offences. The Schedule sets out provisions for determining the location where an offence has been committed (paragraph 2 of Schedule 10) and provides details of the circumstances under which the time for bringing summary proceedings can be extended such as an ongoing inquiry or investigation being carried out by the ONR (paragraphs 3 and 4 of Schedule 10). The Schedule also covers the circumstances under which an offence is deemed to continue (paragraph 5 of Schedule 10); where the offence is the fault of another person (paragraph 6 of Schedule 10); the approach to be taken in terms of liability when the offence is committed by a body corporate or a partnership (paragraphs 7 and 8 of Schedule 10); who can institute proceedings in England and Wales (paragraph 9 of Schedule 10); and that an authorised inspector may prosecute proceedings in a magistrates’ court (although not in Scotland) (paragraph 10 of Schedule 10).

480.The Schedule also provides that, if regulations under this Part create an offence consisting of a failure to comply with a duty to do something so far as practicable, then regulations may also provide that the burden of proof passes to the defendant to prove that it was not practicable to do more than was in fact done (paragraph 11 of Schedule 10). Paragraph 12 of Schedule 10 provides for the admissibility in evidence of the fact that an entry has been made on a relevant register or record, where there is a requirement to do so, or the fact that it has not been recorded in that record or register and paragraph 13 of Schedule 10 sets out how a court can order the consequences of an offence to be remedied in the event that it is possible to do so.

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