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Post Office Act 1953

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FIRST SCHEDULEProvisions with respect to acquisition of land in the United Kingdom by the Postmaster-General

1Subject to the provisions of this Schedule, the Lands Clauses Acts, except the provisions relating to access to the special Act, shall be incorporated with this Act.

2In construing the said Acts for the purposes of this Schedule—

(a)the expression " the special Act" shall mean this Act;

(b)the expression " the promoters of the undertaking " shall mean the Postmaster-General; and

(c)the expression " land " shall include any estate or interest in or over land.

3The bond required by section eighty-five of the Lands Clauses Consolidation Act, 1845, or by section eighty-four of the Lands Clauses Consolidation (Scotland) Act, 1845, shall be under the seal of the Postmaster-General and shall be sufficient without sureties.

4The provisions of the Lands Clauses Acts with respect to land purchased compulsorily shall not be put in force until the sanction of Parliament has been obtained in the manner hereinafter mentioned.

5At least three months before an application is made to Parliament for sanction to the compulsory purchase of land under this Act, the Postmaster-General, with the consent of the Treasury, shall serve a notice on every owner or reputed owner, lessee, or reputed lessee, and occupier of any land intended to be so purchased—

(a)describing the land intended to be taken, and in general terms the purposes to which it is to be applied;

(b)stating the intention of the Treasury to obtain the sanction of Parliament to the purchase thereof;

(c)inquiring whether the person so served assents or dissents to the taking of his land; and

(d)requesting him to forward to the Treasury any objections he may have to his land being taken.

6At some time after the service of the said notice, the Treasury shall cause a local inquiry to be held by a competent officer into the objections made by any person whose land is required to be taken and by other persons, if any, interested in the subject matter of the inquiry.

7If after the said inquiry has been held the Treasury are satisfied that the land ought to be taken, they may submit a Bill to Parliament containing provisions authorising the Postmaster-General to take the land, and any such Bill shall be deemed to be a public Bill, and, if passed into an Act, to have conveyed the sanction of Parliament to the purchase compulsorily of the land therein mentioned or referred to, and the period for the compulsory purchase shall be three years after the passing of the Act:

Provided that, if while the- Bill is pending in either House of Parliament a petition is presented against anything comprised therein, the Bill may be referred to a Select Committee and the petitioner shall be allowed to appear and oppose as in the case of private Bills.

SECOND SCHEDULESection sixty-five of the Post Office Act, 1908, as originally enacted

65(1)A person shall not—

(a)make, knowingly utter, deal in or sell any fictitious stamp, or knowingly use for any postal purpose any fictitious stamp; or

(b)have in his possession, unless he shows a lawful excuse, any fictitious stamp; or

(c)make, or, unless he shows a lawful excuse, have in his possession, any die, plate, instrument, or materials for making any fictitious stamp.

(2)If any person acts in contravention of this section he shall be liable on summary conviction on a prosecution by order of the Commissioners of Inland Revenue to a fine not exceeding twenty pounds, subject to the like right of appeal as in the case of a penalty under the Acts relating to the Excise.

(3)Any stamp, die, plate, instrument, or materials found in the possession of any person in contravention of this section may be seized and shall be forfeited.

(4)For the purposes of this section " fictitious stamp " means any facsimile or imitation or representation, whether on paper or otherwise, of any stamp for denoting any rate of postage, including any stamp for denoting a rate of postage of any British possession, or of any foreign country.

THIRD SCHEDULEEnactments Repealed

Session and ChapterShort TitleExtent of Repeal
1 & 2 Vict. c. 98.The Railways (Conveyance of Mails) Act, 1838.The whole Act.
7 & 8 Vict. c. 85.The Railway Regulation Act, 1844.Section eleven.
10 & 11 Vict. c. 85.The Post Office (Duties) Act, 1847.The whole Act.
31 & 32 Vict. c. 119.The Regulation of Railways Act, 1868.Sections thirty-six and thirty-seven.
36 & 37 Vict. c. 48.The Regulation of Railways Act. 1873.Sections eighteen to twenty.
45 & 46 Vict. c. 74.The Post Office (Parcels) Act, 1882.The whole Act.
54 & 55 Vict. c. 38.The Stamp Duties Management Act, 1891.Section seven.
56 & 57 Vict. c. 38.The Conveyance of Mails Act, 1893.The whole Act.
61 & 62 Vict. c. 46.The Revenue Act, 1898.Paragraph (i) of section one.
8 Edw. 7. c. 48The Post Office Act, 1908The whole Act.
3 & 4 Geo. 5.c. 11The Post Office Act, 1913The whole Act.
10 & 11 Geo. 5. c. 40.The Post Office and Telegraph Act, 1920.The whole Act.
12 & 13 Geo. 5. c. 17.The Finance Act, 1922.Section forty-eight.
12 & 13 Geo. 5. c. 49.The Post Office (Parcels) Act, 1922.The whole Act.
16 & 17 Geo. 5. c. 9.The Economy (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1926.Section seventeen.
20 & 21 Geo. 5. c. 43.The Road Traffic Act, 1930.In section one hundred and four, subsection (3).
25 & 26 Geo. 5. c. 15.The Post Office (Amendment) Act. 1935.The whole Act
10&11Geo.6. c. 49.The Transport Act, 1947In section sixty-five, subsection (2).
15 & 16 Geo. 6. & 1 Eliz. 2. c. 36.The Post Office (Amendment) Act, 1952.The whole Act.

Table of Statutes referred to in this Act

Short TitleSession and Chapter
Lands Clauses Consolidation Act, 18458 & 9 Vict. c. 18.
Lands Clauses Consolidation (Scotland) Act, 18458 &9 Vict. c. 19.
Harbours, Docks and Piers Clauses Act, 184710 & 11 Vict. c. 27.
Treasury Instruments (Signature) Act, 184912 & 13 Vict. c. 89.
Duchy of Lancaster Lands Act, 185518 & 19 Vict. c. 58.
Railway Construction Facilities Act, 186427 & 28 Vict. c. 121.
Documentary Evidence Act, 186831 & 32 Vict. c. 37.
Telegraph Act, 186932 & 33 Vict. c. 73.
Public Health (Ireland) Act, 187841 & 42 Vict. c. 52.
Documentary Evidence Act, 188245 & 46 Vict. c. 9.
Post Office (Parcels) Act, 188245 & 46 Vict. c. 74.
Interpretation Act, 188952 & 53 Vict. c. 63.
Public Accounts and Charges Act, 189154 & 55 Vict. c. 24.
Stamp Duties Management Act, 189154 & 55 Vict. c. 38.
Merchant Shipping Act, 189457 & 58 Vict. c. 60.
Post Office Act, 19088 Edw. 7. c. 48.
Summary Jurisdiction (Scotland) Act, 19088 Edw. 7. c. 65.
Forgery Act, 19133 & 4 Geo. 5. c. 27.
Criminal Justice Administration Act, 19144 & 5 Geo. 5. c. 58.
Indictments Act, 19155 & 6 Geo. 5. c. 90.
Larceny Act, 19166 & 7 Geo. 5. c. 50.
Road Traffic Act, 193020 & 21 Geo. 5. c. 43.
Post Office (Amendment) Act, 193525 &26 Geo. 5. c. 15.
Requisitioned Land and War Works Act, 19458 & 9 Geo. 6. c. 43.
Exchange Control Act, 194710 & 11 Geo. 6. c. 14.
Crown Proceedings Act, 194710 & 11 Geo. 6. c. 44.
Town and Country Planning Act, 194710 & 11 Geo. 6. c. 51.
Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act, 194710 & 11 Geo. 6. c. 53.
Consolidation of Enactments (Procedure) Act, 194912, 13 & 14 Geo. 6. c.33.
Justices of the Peace Act, 194912, 13 & 14 Geo. 6. c. 101.
Magistrates' Courts Act, 195215 & 16 Geo. 6. & 1 Eliz. 2. c. 55.

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