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Local Government Act 1948

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Payments by North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board for benefit of local authorities

99Amount of payments by Hydro-Electric Board

(1)The payments which are under the preceding provisions of this Part of this Act to be made year by year by the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board (hereafter in this section referred to as " the Board ") for the benefit of local authorities shall be payments for the benefit of local authorities with areas in the North of Scotland District and shall—

(a)in the case of the year 1948-49, be a payment of= the standard amount ;

(b)in the case of any subsequent year, be a payment of the standard amount adjusted in accordance with the provisions of the two next succeeding subsections for changes in the average rates in the North of Scotland District and for changes in the amount of electricity supplied. In this and the two next succeeding subsections " the standard amount " means such sum as is certified by the Secretary of State to be the estimated amount payable by way of rates for the year 1947-48 in respect of lands and heritages which form part of the undertaking of the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board, or which are to be transferred to that Board by the Electricity Act, 1947, and which in either case are by virtue of this Act not liable to be rated.

(2)The adjustment which, under the last preceding subsection, is to be made for changes in the average rates levied in the North of Scotland District shall be the adjustment which results from the application of the following provisions :—

(a)the aggregate gross charge to rates for the said District for the year preceding the year for which the payment by the Board in question has to be made, as ascertained and certified by the Secretary of State, shall be multiplied by two hundred and forty and then divided by the rateable value for the said District for the said preceding year as so ascertained and certified;

(b)the results of the calculation directed to be made by paragraph (a) of this subsection shall then be reduced or increased to the nearest whole number by ignoring any fraction which is less than one-half and treating any other fraction as equivalent to one ;

(c)the adjustment to be made as aforesaid is the application to the standard amount of the fraction of which the numerator is the result of the calculation directed to be made by paragraph (a) of this subsection reduced or increased to the nearest whole number, and the denominator is such number as is certified by the Secretary of State to be the estimated result, to the nearest whole number, of multiplying the aggregate gross charge to rates for the year 1947-48 for the North of Scotland District by two hundred and forty and then dividing it by the rateable value for that year for that District.

(3)The adjustment which under subsection (1) of this section is to be made for changes in the amount of electricity supplied shall be the adjustment which results from the application of the following provisions,:—

(a)the Minister of Fuel and Power shall ascertain and certify the total number of units of electricity supplied to consumers in the calendar year nineteen hundred and forty-seven by authorised undertakers (as defined in section thirteen of the Electricity Act, 1947) with areas in the North of Scotland District ;

(b)the Minister of Fuel and Power shall then ascertain and certify the amount by which the total number of units of electricity supplied to consumers in the last calendar year ending before the beginning of the year for which the payment by the Board is to be made either by the Board or by any such authorised undertakers as aforesaid exceeds or falls short of the number ascertained under paragraph (a) of this subsection;

(c)the adjustment to be made as aforesaid is the application to the standard amount (as adjusted under the last , preceding subsection) of the fraction of which

(i)the numerator is the number ascertained and certified under paragraph (a) of this subsection increased by one-fifth of the excess or, as the case may be, decreased by one-fifth of the deficiency ascertained and certified under paragraph (b) of this subsection ; and

(ii)the denominator is the number ascertained and certified under the said paragraph (a).

(4)References in this section to units of electricity supplied to consumers shall be construed as references to—

(a)all the units of electricity supplied otherwise than to the Board, the British Electricity Authority, an Area Electricity Board or to any authorised undertakers as defined in section thirteen of the Electricity Act, 1947 ; plus

(b)forty-five per cent. of the units of electricity (if any) supplied to the British Electricity Authority or any Area Electricity Board or any authorised undertakers (as defined in the said section thirteen) with areas outside the North of Scotland District ; minus

(c)forty-five per cent. of the units of electricity (if any) received from the British Electricity Authority or any Area Electricity Board or any authorised undertakers (as defined in the said section thirteen) with areas outside the North of Scotland District.

(5)The Secretary of State may at any time review the operation of the provisions of this- section and may by order make such modifications thereof as appear to him to be proper, and any order made under this subsection may be revoked or varied by a subsequent order made thereunder:

Provided that before any order is made under this subsection a draft thereof shall be laid before each House of Parliament and the order shall not be made until the draft has been approved by resolution of each House. .

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