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Highlands and Islands Shipping Services Act 1960

1960 CHAPTER 31

An Act to authorise the Secretary of State to assist persons concerned with the provision of sea transport services serving the Highlands and Islands; and for purposes connected with the matter aforesaid.

[2nd June 1960]

Be it enactedby the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1Assistance to persons providing sea transport services.

(1)For the purposes of maintaining and improving sea transport services serving the Highlands and Islands (hereinafter referred to as " the purposes of this Act ") the Secretary of State may assist in accordance with this Act persons—

(a)who provide, and are wholly or mainly engaged in providing, such services,

(b)who provide such services and are local authorities within the meaning of the Harbours, Piers and Ferries (Scotland) Act, 1937, or

(c)who propose to provide such services.

(2)In the foregoing subsection " sea transport services " means public transport services (including such services ancillary thereto as are necessary for the proper functioning thereof) provided in an undertaking which consists of, or includes to a substantial extent, the provision of public transport by sea.

2Advances and charter of ships.

(1)For the purposes of this Act the Secretary of State may, with the consent of the Treasury and subject to the provisions of this section,—

(a)undertake to make, and make, advances either by way of grant or by way of loan, or partly in one of those ways and partly in the other, on such terms and conditions as he considers expedient for the purposes of this Act, to persons of the descriptions specified in the foregoing section;

(b)enter into contracts for the charter to such persons of ships for the time being held by him under this Act.

(2)The Secretary of State shall not under this section undertake to make, or make, any advance to, or enter into any contract with, any person of a description specified in the foregoing section who provides regular public transport services serving places outwith the Highlands and Islands otherwise than incidentally to the service of places within the Highlands and Islands.

(3)Where the Secretary of State proposes under this section to make to any person in any financial year any advance which, by itself or taken with any other advance made or to be made under this section to that person in that financial year, exceeds in the aggregate the sum of ten thousand pounds he shall do so only in accordance with an undertaking a draft of which (including the terms and conditions upon which the undertaking is proposed to be made) has been laid before Parliament and approved by a resolution of the Commons House thereof.

3Supplementary provisions.

(1)For the purposes of paragraph (b) of subsection (1) of the last foregoing section the Secretary of State may enter into contracts with others for the building by them of ships for acquisition by him, and may acquire, or take on charter, and hold ships; and with respect to any ship for the time being held by him under this section he may do all things necessary for, or incidental to, its maintenance, may cause it to be altered, modified or converted and may dispose of it in such manner as he thinks fit.

(2)The power conferred by this section to acquire ships may be exercised by way of purchase, exchange or otherwise.

Expenses and receipts.

4Any expenses incurred by the Secretary of State under this Act shall be defrayed out of moneys provided by Parliament, and any receipts of the Secretary of State under this Act shall be paid into the Exchequer.

Interpretation.

5In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,—

6Citation and extent.

(1)This Act may be cited as the Highlands and Islands Shipping Services Act, 1960.

(2)This Act shall extend to Scotland only.

ScheduleCounties to which Section One Applies

The County of Argyll. The County of Caithness. The County of Inverness. The County of Orkney. The County of Ross and Cromarty. The County of Sutherland. The County of Zetland.