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Manoeuvres Act 1958

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2Powers exercisable for purposes of manoeuvres

(1)Subject to the provisions of this Act, any persons taking part with the authority of Her Majesty in the manoeuvres authorised by a manoeuvres Order (in this Act referred to as " authorised forces ") may, under the direction of the Secretary of State, within the manoeuvres area and during the manoeuvres period—

(a)pass over, and encamp, construct works not of a permanent character and execute defence manoeuvres on, any land; and

(b)supply themselves with water from any source of water and, for that purpose, dam up any running water :

Provided that water shall not by virtue of this subsection be dammed up in such manner as to interfere with the carrying on of any trade or industry, or be taken from any source of supply belonging to a private owner or public authority in such quantities as to reduce the water available for use by the persons entitled to use that source of supply below what is shown to be required by those persons.

(2)The foregoing subsection shall not authorise entry on or interference with—

(a)any dwelling-house, or any premises enclosed within the curtilage of or attached to any dwelling-house;

(b)any place of worship or ground attached thereto, or any burial ground;

(c)any school or ground attached thereto ;

(d)any factory, workshop, store or premises used for the carrying on of any trade, business or manufacture; or

(e)any farmyard, garden, orchard, pleasure ground nursery ground:

Provided that nothing in this subsection shall restrict the use by the authorised forces of any highway or park.

(3)The officer directing the manoeuvres shall take care that there is no interference with earthworks, ruins or other remains of antiquarian or historical interest, or with any picturesque or valuable timber or other natural features of exceptional interest or beauty, and shall be empowered to prevent trespass or damage to property by persons not belonging to those forces, and shall as soon and as far as practicable cause all lands used under the powers conferred by this section to be restored to their previous condition.

(4)Subject to section three and to subsection (1) of section eight of this Act, nothing in this Act shall prejudicially affect any public right or any right of common.

(5)In subsection (4) of section six of the Land Powers (Defence) Act, 1958, for the reference to paragraph (1) of the proviso to section two of the Military Manoeuvres Act, 1897, there shall be substituted a reference to subsection (2) of this section.

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