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(1)[F2Every statutory water company and every joint water board and joint water committee within the meaning of the M1Water Act 1973] shall make to the Minister such reports and returns and give him such information with respect to their functions as he may require, or as may be required by either House of Parliament.
(2)The power conferred on the Minister by section thirty-three of the principal Act to repeal or amend, on the application of any statutory water undertakers, any local enactment relating to the supply of water by those undertakers shall include power to consolidate any such local enactments as aforesaid, with or without amendments.
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(5)Subsection (6) of section nine of the principal Act (which precludes the constitution under that section of any joint board which could be constituted under section six of the Public Health Act, 1936) and paragraph 10 of the Second Schedule to the principal Act (which restricts the right of appeal to the House of Lords from a decision of the Court of Appeal on application made under that Schedule) shall cease to have effect.
(6)[F5The M2Interpretation Act 1978] shall apply to the interpretation of any order made under the principal Act after the commencement of this Act as it applies to the interpretation of an Act of Parliament, and for the purposes of [F5sections 16(1) and 17(2)(a) of the M3Interpretation Act 1978] (which relates to the effect of repeals) any such order and any order repealed thereby shall be deemed to be an Act of Parliament.
(7)In accordance with the foregoing provisions of this Act, section twenty-three of the principal Act shall have effect subject to the following amendments :—
(a)at the beginning of paragraph (i) of the proviso to subsection (1), there shall be inserted the words “except as otherwise provided by the Water Act, 1948,” and the words “land or” in that paragraph shall be omitted;
(b)in subsection (2) the words “other than paragraph 8,” shall be omitted and at the end of the subsection there shall be added the following proviso :— “ Provided that paragraph 8 of that Schedule shall not apply except in cases provided by the Water Act, 1948.] ”
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