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23 Facilities to be given to Department of Scientific and Industrial Research. E+W
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C1Definition of “minerals” explained by Petroleum (Production) Act 1934 (c. 36), s. 9

(1)Before any person sinks, for the purpose of searching for or getting any minerals, a shaft or borehole intended to reach a depth of more than [F130.480 metres] below the surface, he shall give to the [F2Natural Environment Research Council] (hereinafter referred to as “the [F2Council]”) notice in writing of his intention to do so, and any person who for such a purpose sinks any such shaft or borehole shall keep a journal thereof, and shall retain for a period of not less than six months such specimens of the strata passed through as may have been obtained in the course of the sinking thereof, either as cores or fragments, and shall allow the [F2Council], or any officer appointed by them, to have free access at all reasonable times to any such shaft, borehole or core, to inspect and take copies of the journals of such shafts or boreholes, to inspect all specimens so obtained and kept, and to take representative specimens of any such cores.

(2)If the person sinking any such shaft or borehole as aforesaid gives notice in writing to the [F2Council] requiring them to treat as confidential any copies of journals or specimens so taken by the [F2Council] or by any officer appointed by them, the [F2Council] shall not allow those copies or specimens to be published or shown to any person not being an officer of the [F2Council], except with the consent of the person sinking such shaft or borehole:

Provided that, if at any time the [F2Council] give notice to any person from whom such consent is required that, in their opinion, his consent is unreasonably withheld, then that person may, within three months after such notice is given, appeal to the [F3High Court] but if at the expiration of that period no such appeal has been made, or if after hearing the appeal the [F3High Court] do not make an order restraining them from doing so, the [F2Council] may proceed as if such consent had been given.

(3)The owner . . . F4 or manager of every mine shall allow the [F2Council] or any officer appointed by them to have free access at all reasonable times to all underground workings, and shall supply to the [F2Council] or to any such officer as aforesaid such information and such specimens of seams or strata sunk through or opened out at the mine as may be reasonably required by the [F2Council].

(4)If any person sinking any shaft or borehole, or the owner, . . . F4 or manager of any mine fails to comply with any obligation imposed on him by the foregoing provisions of this section, he shall, in respect of each offence, be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding [F5level 3 on the standard scale].

[F6(5)Any officer appointed by the [F2Council] shall have the same rights as to the production and inspection of plans, sections and drawings which, by or by virtue of the M1Mines and Quarries Act 1954, are required to be kept, as are by that Act conferred on inspectors, and that Act shall apply accordingly.]

[F7(6)In subsection (1) above, the expression “minerals” includes petroleum within the meaning of Part I of the Petroleum Act 1998.]

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E1This version of this provision extends to England and Wales only; a separate version has been created for Scotland only.

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F1Words in s. 23(1) substituted (1.1.1995) by S.I. 1991/2531, art. 2.

F5Words substituted by virtue of (E.W.) Criminal Justice Act 1982 (c. 48, SIF 39:1), ss. 38, 46

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C1Definition of “minerals” explained by Petroleum (Production) Act 1934 (c. 36), s. 9

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C2Definition of “minerals” explained by Petroleum (Production) Act 1934 (c. 36), s. 9

(1)Before any person sinks, for the purpose of searching for or getting any minerals, a shaft or borehole intended to reach a depth of more than [F830.480 metres] below the surface, he shall give to the [F9Natural Environment Research Council] (hereinafter referred to as “the [F9Council]”) notice in writing of his intention to do so, and any person who for such a purpose sinks any such shaft or borehole shall keep a journal thereof, and shall retain for a period of not less than six months such specimens of the strata passed through as may have been obtained in the course of the sinking thereof, either as cores or fragments, and shall allow the [F9Council], or any officer appointed by them, to have free access at all reasonable times to any such shaft, borehole or core, to inspect and take copies of the journals of such shafts or boreholes, to inspect all specimens so obtained and kept, and to take representative specimens of any such cores.

(2)If the person sinking any such shaft or borehole as aforesaid gives notice in writing to the [F9Council] requiring them to treat as confidential any copies of journals or specimens so taken by the [F9Council] or by any officer appointed by them, the [F9Council] shall not allow those copies or specimens to be published or shown to any person not being an officer of the [F9Council], except with the consent of the person sinking such shaft or borehole:

Provided that, if at any time the [F9Council] give notice to any person from whom such consent is required that, in their opinion, his consent is unreasonably withheld, then that person may, within three months after such notice is given, appeal to the [F10Court of Session] but if at the expiration of that period no such appeal has been made, or if after hearing the appeal the [F10Court of Session] do not make an order restraining them from doing so, the [F9Council] may proceed as if such consent had been given.

(3)The owner . . . F11 or manager of every mine shall allow the [F9Council] or any officer appointed by them to have free access at all reasonable times to all underground workings, and shall supply to the [F9Council] or to any such officer as aforesaid such information and such specimens of seams or strata sunk through or opened out at the mine as may be reasonably required by the [F9Council].

(4)If any person sinking any shaft or borehole, or the owner, . . . F11 or manager of any mine fails to comply with any obligation imposed on him by the foregoing provisions of this section, he shall, in respect of each offence, be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding [F12level 3 on the standard scale].

[F13(5)Any officer appointed by the [F9Council] shall have the same rights as to the production and inspection of plans, sections and drawings which, by or by virtue of the M2Mines and Quarries Act 1954, are required to be kept, as are by that Act conferred on inspectors, and that Act shall apply accordingly.]

[F14(6)In subsection (1) above, the expression “minerals” includes petroleum within the meaning of Part I of the Petroleum Act 1998.]

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E2This version of this provision extends to Scotland only; a separate version has been created for England and Wales only.

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F8Words in s. 23(1) substituted (1.1.1995) by S.I. 1991/2531, art. 2.

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C2Definition of “minerals” explained by Petroleum (Production) Act 1934 (c. 36), s. 9

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